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Faces of food safety: Meet Cedric Dial of the FSIS

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Cedric Dial, a consumer safety inspector in the Dallas District, has been a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service civil servant for 18 years, while also… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Rita Hurst of the FSIS

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Faces of Food Safety Rita Hurst

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service. Rita Hurst has worked for FSIS for 33 years. She began her FSIS career at Establishment P-2178 in Georgetown, DE, as a USDA helper — a plant employee who helps… Continue Reading

Don’t let spoiled food spoil your big day — wedding food safety

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Editor’s note: This recent post by the Food Safety Education Staff of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service can be found on the www.FoodSafety.gov website. Since catering is one of the largest expenses in a wedding budget, couples can often find themselves struggling to satisfy their visions of a dream wedding and finicky guests. One… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Ahman Jilani of FSIS

FSIS inspectors working in a chicken production facility. Photo courtesy of USDA/FSIS

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service. Dr. Ahmad Jilani is a supervisory public health veterinarian and an enforcement, investigation and analysis officer in the Office of Field Operations. His grandfather was also a civil servant focused… Continue Reading

USDA advises flood victims — when in doubt, throw it out

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Be sure to clean and sanitize food preparation and storage areas as well as  cooking utensils and dishes after a flood.

Editor’s note: The USDA posted this information May 1 in response to extensive flooding across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for parts of the Midwest as severe storms have caused widespread flooding from central Oklahoma to southern Indiana and parts of Missouri…. Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Kimberly Johnson of FSIS

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kimberly Johnson is a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) serving in the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Springdale district. Johnson began her career with FSIS in Liberal, KS, as a red meat food… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Michael Partridge of the USDA

USDA Faces of Food Safety Michael Partridge

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michael Partridge is a Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) serving in the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Philadelphia district of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service. As a CSI, Partridge greatly impacts food safety… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading

Tips to help expectant moms safely ring in the New Year

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Editor’s note: This column by Luis Delgadillo of the food safety education staff at the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service was first published by USDA on Dec. 22. Most expectant mothers know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and opt for sparkling juices instead of champaign to toast the New Year. But, many… Continue Reading

Don’t poison the family: Wash your hands, not the turkey

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Editor’s note: Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Millions of Americans are about to gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked… Continue Reading