Newark, N.J. (Nov. 14, 2018)—Rutgers University experts are available to discuss tips for safe food preparation and handling as Thanksgiving approaches.

“Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster,” said Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “Don’t prepare food if you have any kind of respiratory illness or infection, as this puts your guests at risk of becoming ill. No matter how busy your kitchen gets during the holidays, always remember the risks of improperly handling food.” 

The New Jersey Poison Control Center answers numerous calls about food preparation, serving and storage each year, said Calello, who is also an associate professor of emergency medicine at the medical school.

More information is available at the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or

Media can reach the experts directly at:

Diane Calello, the New Jersey Poison Control Center’s executive and medical director, can be reached at [email protected].

Bruce Ruck, the center’s managing director, can be reached at [email protected].

Calello and Ruck can also be reached by contacting the Poison Control Center at 973-972-9280.


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