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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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Inexpensive camera system detects foodborne toxins

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Scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service developed this low-cost yet effective system to detect active Shiga toxin. (Photo by Reuven Rasooly)

Editor’s note: This information was originally posted July 12, 2016, by Sandra Avant, public affairs specialist for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service as part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s blog.   As the weather heats up this summer, many of us are firing up our grills and going on picnics. But one thing we… Continue Reading

USDA: Alternatives to Antibiotics to Keep Food Animals Healthy

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(This article was posted Nov. 18, 2015, on the USDA blog site.) Antibiotics are lifesavers. We depend on them to treat bacterial infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and strep throat, as well as ear infections and infected wounds. In response to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance, veterinarians and producers are moving toward… Continue Reading

USDA has Food Safety Advice for Those Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Joaquin. On Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Joaquin is now a Category 4 hurricane in central and northwest Bahamas. It is expected to move into the United States… Continue Reading

USDA Provides Tips for #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July

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This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. 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, ruin the fun. One of the… Continue Reading

Food Safety Advice for Those Experiencing Severe Thunderstorms

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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