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Memorial Day meal musts

Don't let food poisoning disrupt your fun with family and friends this holiday weekend

Fly feet, under-cooked burgers and room-temperature potato salad aren’t the only food poisoning threats on the menu for Memorial Day weekend gatherings. Pools, puppies, and playgrounds are just three of the other potential pathogen vectors that can bring bacteria to the table. But, as with so many foodborne foes, a few simple precautions provide a… Continue Reading

Cargill survey finds grillers are food safety conscious

Cargill’s Feed 4 Thought Grilling Survey of 1,000 adults in the United States found consumers “somewhat savvy about food issues” with “room for even more care in this area.” The outdoor grilling season kicks off during Memorial Day in most parts of the country and Cargill’s Food 4 Thought Survey found food safety was “an… Continue Reading

How many cooks in your holiday kitchen know the rules?

Spring holidays often bring people together to make and eat meals. Even the most seasoned cooks can be challenged when preparing food when there are more people than usual at the table. Passover, Easter and Orthodox Easter all have traditional foods associated with them. People who don’t normally cook these special foods may not be… Continue Reading

Don’t eat that meat without taking its temperature

How do you tell if the meat or poultry you’re cooking is done? Some professional cooks say they can squeeze a piece of chicken or poke a steak with their finger and determine if it’s done. Some people go by cooking time, and some by appearance. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers… Continue Reading

Sweet or sickly sweet, it’s your choice for Valentine’s Day

Contributed

Flowers or chocolate? Dining out or staying in? These are the two biggest Valentine’s Day dilemmas. While flowers and chocolates can help make for a great night, poor dining choices can ruin the afterglow of the celebration. Stop Foodborne Illness wants you to be aware of how preventing foodborne illness this Valentine’s Day is one… Continue Reading

Briefly: Sizzlin’ Salmonella — Two raw stories, neither good

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. Killing Salmonella with heat The most economical way to kill bacteria that cause common food-borne illnesses — mostly… Continue Reading

Friends don’t make friends sick on Super Bowl Sunday

Opinion

I come from a long line of, “Oh, just leave that leftover chicken – or pheasant, or scrambled eggs, or fried potatoes – on the counter. Someone will eat it later.” And there they’d sit – on a small saucer on the toaster – and people would nibble at them all afternoon and into the… Continue Reading

There’s snow place like home, unless you’re an RV snowbird

Food safety hazards

Just as feathered birds head south for warmer weather, so, too, do human snowbirds, who pack up their RVs and travel trailers they call home once they get to their sunny destinations. But food-safety gurus warn that there’s no vacation from food safety. “I don’t subscribe to the ‘knock-on-wood’ approach to food safety,” said Bill… Continue Reading