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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s mission is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science and efficient management. USDA’s virtual representative, “Ask Karen,” is available at AskKaren.gov. Food safety coaches are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on the “Ask Karen Chat” and by phone at the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). Recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.

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Food Safety Advice for Those Experiencing Severe Thunderstorms


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Northeast, Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley due to severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has announced a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of New England into the Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley. There could also… Continue Reading

Memorial Day Weekend Food Safety Tips From USDA


Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather,… Continue Reading

Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish to Guarantee Food Safety


Those of us on the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline can always tell when St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Starting in early March, we begin to receive lots of questions about corned beef: How do you prepare it? How can you tell when it’s safely cooked? How long can you store it? While a traditional dinner… Continue Reading

USDA Offers Food Safety ‘Plays’ for Super Bowl Sunday


Super Bowl Sunday is about much more than football. In fact, when many people think about the Super Bowl, they think about the mouth-watering appetizers, delicious buffalo wings, and spicy chili that they will enjoy with their friends. Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day of the year in the U.S. (behind Thanksgiving)…. Continue Reading

USDA Tips to Help Keep Your Holidays Illness-Free


As the end of the year approaches, it’s likely there are multiple meals and parties in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you’re an experienced cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a… Continue Reading

USDA Invites You to ‘Ask Karen’ to Your Thanksgiving Meal

Food safety help from USDA is available at the touch of a screen this holiday season


With all the preparation that goes into a Thanksgiving feast, many hosts could use an extra assistant to make sure that everything goes as planned. This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is offering help through the “Ask Karen” food-safety app and the… Continue Reading

Tailgating Food Safety Q & A

Keeping food safe before, during, and after the game

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Editor’s Note: Football season is well under way, but because Food Safety News staff members witnessed some less-than-safe food-handling practices while tailgating recently, we’ve reprinted the USDA food safety advice for tailgaters here. Keeping food safe at a tailgate gathering requires the same safe food handling practices as picnicking outdoors because a refrigerator and running… Continue Reading