Health officials want you to protect your flock, when preparing this year's Thanksgiving turkey.
Public Health Inspector Jessica Van Geffen says it is important to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator, rather than the kitchen counter.
Early planning will be needed, because Van Geffen says the bird needs a day of thawing for every four pounds.
She also advises against washing poultry, due to the spread of salmonella bacteria.
You also want to think about your grocery bags, when shopping for the big meal.
Van Geffen says reusable grocery bags carrying turkey or chicken can contaminate other items, which may come into contact with the same bag.
Although the threat of salmonella is real, turkey cases are not responsible for rising food-borne illness cases in Ontario.
Van Geffen says the rise in salmonella cases has been linked to raw breaded chicken items.
Most recently, Loblaws stores recalled $10 packages of breaded chicken fries, due to the threat of illness.