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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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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

Remember Food Safety This Memorial Day – Helpful Tips for Cookouts


As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, it is time to shelve the coats and boots and dust off the grill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offers a few helpful tips to avoid unwelcome fooborne bacteria at your next cookout. “When you fire up the grill to… Continue Reading

USDA: ‘Grill It Safe’ This Memorial Day Weekend

Days are getting warmer, baseball season is in full swing, and Memorial Day is fast approaching–all signs that the summer cookout season is nearly upon us. As you welcome summer at your Memorial Day weekend barbecue this year, the U.S. Department of  Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reminds you that no recipe,… Continue Reading

Setting the Record Straight on the Proposed Chicken Inspection Policy

Below is the text of a blog entry, “Setting the Record Straight on the Proposed Chicken Inspection Rule” by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Alfred Almanza. It was published April 13, 2012 by HuffingtonPost.com. You may not know it, but every day, 10,000 dedicated USDA employees worry about the safety of the meat,… Continue Reading

The Sad Case of the Leftover Thanksgiving Doggy Bag

“Would you like a doggy bag to take home?” asks the waiter. “That would be great” says the diner. Nearly half of her dinner remains on the plate and will make a quick second meal for another day. But wait. Here’s the same diner calling the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline… Continue Reading