The Dangers of Raw Milk

Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits. But milk that has not been pasteurized can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family if consumed raw. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1993 through 2012, there were 127 outbreaks linked to […]

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Wash your hands, not food packages

While wintery weather can bring with it dry, chapped hands, experts continue to recommend hand washing as one of the most effective means of helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Experts believe that the coronavirus should not be considered a food safety hazard and increasing evidence suggests that consumers do not need to […]

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Two holiday recalls: pre-cut vegetables, chocolate milk

Hy-vee Inc., including stores in Wisconsin, is voluntarily recalling two of its Hy-Vee “Short Cuts” vegetable mix products after tests showed possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Especially with holiday meal preparation this week, there is concern that consumers may have packages of the pre-cut fresh vegetable products in their homes. Both of the implicated products […]

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USDA shares at-home holiday food safety tips

This week, many will enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends — either in person or virtually. Taking the necessary steps toward safe food handling and sanitation will help protect you and your loved ones this year. To make sure your Thanksgiving meal is prepared safely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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Small Business Canning School – NEW dates to be released November 16

The University of Wisconsin Division of Extension is in the process of rescheduling the final training for 2020  for small businesses involved in canning sauces, pickles, or dressings. The Wisconsin Small Business Better Process Control School meets the licensing requirement for small businesses (sales under $25,000 annually) who process and package acid, acidified, or exempt ‘canned’ food […]

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Register now for the Edible Startup Summit

Edible Startup Summit (virtual) — November  9 to 10, 2020 The Edible Startup Summit will be held November 9 and 10 as a virtual training program. This popular program gives participants the knowledge and connections to start a food business. Participants will hear  successful food entrepreneurs and business development experts speak about various aspects of […]

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Experts Affirm: Coronavirus ‘highly unlikely’ food risk

An international group of scientists has declared that it is highly unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 is a food safety risk.The International Commission for Microbiological Specifications of Foods (ICMSF) is a non-governmental organization and represents top food safety experts from around the globe. The ICMSF members believe it is highly unlikely that ingestion of SARS-CoV-2 will result […]

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Safe Preserving Tips in the time of COVID-19

Whether you are new to canning, returning to canning because of the pandemic, or have always canned the bounty of your harvest, there are certain tips that will help ensure that your time and efforts lead to safe, healthy food for your family.  Use recipes that are up to date. Some canning recommendations have changed […]

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Resources for food safety education month

September is food safety education month and there are many resources to help everyone take steps to keep food safe and healthy. In the U.S. each year, there are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness – that’s about 1 in 6 Americans each year. Each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 […]

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Update: The jar sealed, is the food safe? and other questions

Tested recipes recommend glass Mason-style jars and 2-piece self-sealing lids for home canning. In the past few weeks, one of the most frequently asked questions has been about jar sealing. Handling jars and lids correctly will go a long way towards successfully preserving your garden’s bounty for the winter months ahead. Recommended jars. Regular and […]

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