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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

HACCP Principles: No. 2 identify critical control points 

This is the second of a seven-part series on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points sponsored by PAR Technologies. There are seven HACCP principles outlined by the Food and Drug Administration to serve as a guideline for creating a systematic approach in the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards.  Once a hazard analysis is… Continue Reading

Spring chickens have sprung; CDC warns of pathogen dangers

Backyard flocks infected more than 1,100 people across 48 states this past year, killing one person

Baby chick season is upon us. Some say the big question is whether the chicken or the egg came first, but public health pros say a more important question is whether you know the food safety do’s and don’ts involved with backyard flocks. In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more… 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

South Korea calls military after noro hits guards at Olympics

South Korea has deployed 900 military personnel after some 1,200 security guards were pulled from duty because of a norovirus outbreak at Winter Olympic facilities in PyeongChang. The Korea Herald said 41 security guards suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea Sunday and have been hospitalized. Today, CNN is reporting that more than 1,000 security guards… 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