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Sparkling food safety habits will brighten your celebration

When family and friends roll into town for Fourth of July festivities, being the host with the most is at the top of most people’s lists. While many worry about campfire and fireworks safety, safe food handling practices are essential keeping your guests and loved ones alive and safe this July. Really, we mean it, and so do the Centers… Continue Reading

Food safety experts can help design kitchens to reduce risks

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When designing a commercial kitchen, many people consider how the space will look, when they should be primarily concerned with how it will function. The design should maximize efficiency and productivity, but it also must promote proper food safety protocols. Food service professionals should work closely with their designer and construction team, and it’s wise… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Avocado hand and other summer food hazards

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I figure you haven’t properly celebrated a summer holiday unless you consume some potato salad and baked beans, but an increasing number of people are making guacamole a summertime tradition, and according to some doctors the trend is a dangerous one. In an odd moment in the world of food safety, the British Association of Plastic,… Continue Reading

Juicing is healthy, but easily contaminated by pathogens

So many fruits. So many veggies. So little time. That’s the dilemma that people who want to eat as healthy as possible face. After all, who really has the time to eat the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits or vegetables — 2 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups of fruit — each… Continue Reading

Keep the love alive …

... and the pathogens dead; be safe with Valentine's Day oysters

Oysters and champagne. Love is in the air. It must be Valentine’s Day. Yes, indeed, oysters have long been associated with romance — the perfect aphrodisiac. There’s actually some science to back that up, although it’s about the way rats, not humans, responded to oysters in a 2005 study done by a team of Italian… Continue Reading

Seven-layer dip to die for? Keep your Super Bowl buffet safe

The holidays have come and gone, and many of us have started the countdown to kickoff Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston. Like so many Americans, I get pretty excited about the Super Bowl – especially if my home team, Pittsburgh, is playing. Now, I’m not going to profess tremendous knowledge about football, but I do… Continue Reading

Tips to help expectant moms safely ring in the New Year

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Editor’s note: This column by Luis Delgadillo of the food safety education staff at the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service was first published by USDA on Dec. 22. Most expectant mothers know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and opt for sparkling juices instead of champaign to toast the New Year. But, many… Continue Reading

Baking this weekend? Just say no to the raw dough

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Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally published this article on Nov. 22. For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling… Continue Reading

Get stuffed — just use a thermometer before you unstuff

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Editor’s note: Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher and holiday meal enthusiast, originally published this column in the North Carolina State University News.  As a Canadian in the U.S., I’ve fully embraced the holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through December. I enjoy spending a day planning and shopping for an event-style meal and then another… Continue Reading

Don’t poison the family: Wash your hands, not the turkey

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Editor’s note: Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Millions of Americans are about to gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked… Continue Reading