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6 Food Safety Tips for Your Next Cookout

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August is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a cookout or picnic for the dog days of summer, here are some tips from the Partnership for Food Safety to help keep you and your family and friends from getting sick. 1. Wash Your Hands Always wash your hands before and after handling food…. Continue Reading

Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework

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While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. And that includes some homework about food safety. You certainly don’t want to sicken your guests, which can be avoided if you play it safe. When you roast a whole pig, your first… Continue Reading

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline Turns 30 Years Old

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline has answered more than 3 million calls in the three decades the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been running it. The Hotline — which consumers can call at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET on weekdays — celebrated its 30th anniversary… 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

Bacterial Buffet: All-You-Can-Eat Illness

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(This article by Sydney Ross Singer was originally posted on his blog April 21, 2015, and is reposted with his permission.) Disease prevention specialists warn against shaking hands as a form of greeting since this is a common way people spread disease. Eating at a buffet exposes people to the hands of everyone who came to the restaurant and… Continue Reading

Enjoy a Food-Safe Easter With These Simple Guidelines

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Springtime, egg hunts, candy, bunnies and delicious family meals. These festive events are the hallmarks of Easter and, with a few tips from STOP Foodborne Illness, those celebrating this year can be assured of a safe and happy holiday. “It is important to take precautions with eggs and other perishable foods to avoid foodborne illness,”… Continue Reading

10 Food-Safety Resolutions for the New Year

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(This article by Diane Wright Hirsch, MPH, RD, a food-safety educator with the University of Connecticut Extension, was published here on Dec. 30, 2014, and is reposted with permission.) Food safety is not something we usually think of when we are making our New Year’s resolutions. In fact, it is likely that you will promise… Continue Reading

Condensation: The Liquid Enemy

Opinion

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Whether it is dripping from a refrigeration fan unit, beading on the interior packaging of an improperly cooled ready-to-eat food, causing rust on metal food contact surfaces of equipment or directly on frozen raw shrimp, condensation is a food safety concern and must be dealt with accordingly by anyone producing food. Excessive moisture from condensation… Continue Reading

Sanitation Double Cross

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Cross Contamination is the bane of every food-safety management system.  While food safety professionals concentrate on the process flow through a food system, sanitation personnel should also be mindful of conditions where pathogens may reach otherwise safely processed foods. Preventing the transfer of pathogens from one product to another is important in almost every type… Continue Reading