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Make sure your Cinco de Mayo menu doesn’t include pathogens

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Although it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular, partly because it provides those with ties to Mexico to celebrate its customs and culture and partly because of the marketing efforts of the fresh produce industry. The annual remembrance of the Mexican army’s 1862… Continue Reading

Trump’s well-done habits could bode well for food safety

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On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump chowed down on a wide variety of foods for photo opportunities.

While it may appear safe to assume that President Trump will have no interest in these issues, determining his impact on the food safety agenda actually will require a nuanced effort. Notwithstanding the tweet complaining about the so-called “food police” and a leaked phone conversation about imposing stricter food safety standards for trade purposes, President… Continue Reading

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

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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

FSIS announces 3-year research plan based on observation

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Behavior researchers long ago recognized there is often a big difference between what people say they will do, and what they actually do. The best way to find the truth is to adopt observational research methods, watching for what actually happens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a… Continue Reading

Football fans face formidable threat during Golden Game

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When the Kansas City Chiefs faced off with the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl fifty years ago, tickets to the big game cost $12 and the average price for a visit to the doctor was $6.60, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For the “Golden Super Bowl” this weekend, face-value of the… Continue Reading

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

Most Consumers Don’t Use Food Thermometers Despite Importance to Food Safety

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A couple of weeks ago, I was having dinner with my parents. My dad was making chicken and asked me what temperature he needed to cook it to. After all, working for Food Safety News does qualify me as the food-safety expert of the family. “165 degrees F,” I told him. “What if it’s barely… Continue Reading

USDA’s New Recommended Pork Cooking Temp: 145°F

In what qualifies as ground-shifting news in the food safety world, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tuesday lopped 15 degrees off its recommended temperature for safely cooking whole cuts of pork, aligning it with guidelines already in place for beef, veal and lamb. Heating steak, roast and chops to an internal temperature of 145°… Continue Reading

Spring Traditions: Serving Ham Safely

If you’ve been shopping for ham recently, you may have found yourself bewildered by the many choices available: fresh, cured, cooked, spiral-cut, smoked, bone in, boneless, country. It’s no wonder people have so many questions about cooking and storing ham! Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to prepare ham successfully… Continue Reading

Spring Traditions: Serving Brisket Safely

Brisket is a popular meat for springtime celebrations. One reason that it’s an excellent choice for entertaining is that it can be prepared in advance. In fact, you must prepare it in advance and cook it slowly to make it tender. Also, because it can be cooked ahead of time and it reheats well, brisket… Continue Reading