If you and your family are preparing a turkey for thanksgiving or a holiday meal, it is important to know that turkey and its juice can be contaminated with germs that can make you and your family sick (e.g., SalmonellaClostridium perfringensCampylobacter).2 Whether you are cooking a whole bird or part of it, such as the breast, please take special care to follow the steps listed on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to safely store, thaw, handle, and cook your turkey.