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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

Two New Jersey Restaurant Workers Recently Test Positive for Hepatitis A

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According to the Camden County Health Department in New Jersey, a server at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ, recently tested positive for the Hepatitis A virus. The health department has reportedly vaccinated the rest of the employees to protect them and keep the virus from spreading. The restaurant issued a statement saying that the health… Continue Reading

TX Sanitarian: Restaurant Complaints Far Outweigh Foodborne Illness Cases

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The number of actual foodborne illness cases that result from eating in local restaurants is much lower than the number of complaints that come in, according to a sanitarian with the Metropolitan Health District of the City of San Antonio. Steve Barscewski, sanitarian services manager for Metro Health, told KSAT-TV that actual illness cases make up about 1… Continue Reading

K-State Food Safety Professor: Don’t Take Chances With Listeria

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Listeria contamination has caused 16 different recalls in just two months, and a Kansas State University food safety specialist has an explanation about why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria. “Listeria is a group of bacteria that is found in cold, wet environments,” said Fadi Aramouni, Ph.D., Extension specialist and professor… 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

The Down and Dirty on Manure and Food Safety

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(This article by Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension was first published here on March 4, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Manure can be a significant benefit to growing fresh produce or a potential threat to food safety when applied on produce farms. Raw manure should never come into contact with harvested produce, and,… Continue Reading