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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 grants through NIFA include food safety research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Maria Frazier 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’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Most people know about foodborne illnesses, but how many people have had their lives drastically affected by one? Maria Frazier, an import inspector in the Alameda… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Raynetta Jackson of 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, republished here with permission. FSIS is more than just a career for Consumer Safety Inspector Raynetta Jackson: It is a second home where her colleagues are considered family. Jackson is… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Aaron Strickland 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’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Arron Strickland has worked for FSIS for six years and currently serves as the lead consumer safety inspector (LCSI) at Establishment P-40183 in Kinston, North Carolina…. Continue Reading

USDA posts food safety tips for those in path of Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Irma. Hurricanes present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food. Residents in the path of this storm should pay close attention to the… Continue Reading

Hurricane Harvey brings food safety challenges to millions

USDA urges those in storm's path to be aware of dangers and take action to avoid food poisoning

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UPDATE 11:55 p.m. EDT — The National Hurricane Center has posted new forecast details and interactive maps. Click on the map at right for updated information. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to strengthen in… Continue Reading

Don’t let food poisoning eclipse the afterglow after the big event

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the tips below for people planning to view the solar eclipse tomorrow. The staff of Food Safety News offers a couple more: Don’t get distracted by the activity above and forget to wash your hands before eating and don’t leave the potato salad or other foods out too… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Rosalinda Salinas-Castro 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’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Rosalinda Salinas-Castro loves the work she does for FSIS and has devoted 18 years of her life to the Agency. As a consumer safety inspector (CSI),… Continue Reading

Faces of food safety: Meet Andrew Lino of 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, republished here with permission. Andrew Lino is a consumer safety inspector (CSI) whose assignment covers four establishments, two processing plants and two export facilities in the Long Beach, CA, Circuit…. Continue Reading

FSIS Provides PRO Grilling Tips for the 4th of July and all those Summer Barbecues

From Fourth of July cookouts to entertaining visiting relatives, summertime is a season that brings together loved ones and lots of food. This summer, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing tips on how to “Grill Like a PRO” during your outdoor festivities. Keeping your family and loved ones safe from foodborne illness… Continue Reading