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Survey: Only 48 Percent of Americans Wash Their Hands After Cracking Eggs

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When it comes to eggs, consumers are pretty good at following two of the four key food safety messages — “separate” and “chill” — but when it comes to “clean” and “cook,” a bit more education might be required. A team of researchers from RTI International, Tennessee State University, and Kansas State University have just… Continue Reading

USDA to Update Food Safety Practices Survey Data From Producers, Processors

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(This blog post by Shareefah Jackson, a statistician and program manager with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, was originally posted here on July 21, 2015.) As the mom of a young boy, I am eager to learn more about the activities of growers and processors who supply my family and millions of others with our fruits… Continue Reading

Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Frozen, Raw Stuffed Chicken Products Recalled

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Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Poultry Company of Chicago is recalling approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items were produced between April 15, 2015 and July 10, 2015 with “best if used by” dates between July… Continue Reading

Money Lost By Others Delays Sentencing in Rancho Beef Case

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Sentencing four defendants in a scheme to slaughter cattle with cancerous eyes and sell the meat for human consumption is going to take longer than expected. The U.S. District Court for Northern California has rescheduled the sentencing of Jesse J. Amaral Jr. to Sept. 2, 2015, while the sentencing of Eugene D. Corda, Felix Sandoval… 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

FSIS: Beef Safety Measures Seem To Be Working

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After testing for Salmonella and E. coli on a variety of beef carcasses at slaughter plants, federal food safety authorities are saying that slaughter plant beef safety measures seem to be working well. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released its data from the first six months of surveys meant to determine a baseline load of Salmonella… Continue Reading

13.5 Tons of Beef Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Denver’s Lombardi Brothers Meats issued a July Fourth eve recall of approximately 26,975 pounds of tenderized steak and ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). No illnesses are yet known to be associated with the meat, which was distributed… Continue Reading

CDC: 181 People in 40 States Infected With Salmonella From Contact With Live Poultry

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of June 29, 2015, there were 181 people reported from… Continue Reading

USDA Provides Tips for #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July

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This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. 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, ruin the fun. One of the… Continue Reading

Food Safety Advice for Those Experiencing Severe Thunderstorms

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Northeast, Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley due to severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has announced a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of New England into the Central Appalachians and Ohio Valley. There could also… Continue Reading