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Celebrate Earth Day, stop wasting food with FoodKeeper

Conservation and waste reduction have been associated with April 22 since the first Earth Day in 1970, with many marking the annual celebration of the third rock by planting trees. For Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting a food safety spin on traditional themes, planting ideas with consumers who seek fewer… Continue Reading

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline Turns 30 Years Old

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

Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish to Guarantee Food Safety

Those of us on the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline can always tell when St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Starting in early March, we begin to receive lots of questions about corned beef: How do you prepare it? How can you tell when it’s safely cooked? How long can you store it? While a traditional dinner… Continue Reading