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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

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

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

Safe Cooking Temps and the ‘Modernist’ Chefs

It encompasses 2,438 pages spanning six volumes, cost somewhere between $1 million and $10 million to produce, and weighs just under 40 pounds. “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking” is a $625 cookbook, an epic culinary tome of encyclopedic magnitude, and the newest holy grail of foodie geekdom written by 21st century Renaissance… Continue Reading

In a Perfect World: Making Hamburger Safe

        “Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a … damned good time together.” Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” –last lines of “The Sun Also Rises,”… Continue Reading