You finished cooking (and eating) your holiday dinner – now put that food in the fridge.

Contrary to popular thinking, food should be placed in the refrigerator right away—not left on the counter to cool first. Perishable items should be placed in the fridge within two hours.

Bacteria grow fast at room temperature. Food should be thrown out if it’s out longer than two hours at room temp or after an hour in 90-degree heat.

Symptoms of food poisoning can start within a few hours of eating, or take days to appear—it all depends on the person and the organism causing the illness. Common symptoms include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Seek medical attention if you notice blood in your stool or vomit, are unable to eat or drink, or if your symptoms don’t improve.

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