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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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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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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Food safety precautions for July 4th

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have released food safety and health tips for celebrating this 4th of July. Planning to enjoy a picnic, barbecue, or meal under the summer sun on this holiday weekend? Remember to pack your picnic basket with food safety in mind, […]

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Picnics and potlucks in the time of COVID-19

With warmer weather, many of us are heading outside and anxious to reconnect with family and friends. Even though there is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through food or food packaging, being together with others does increase the chance of exposure to the disease. What are some best practices for picnics and potlucks […]

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Best Practices for Community Gardeners – Info-graphics in multiple languages

The Division of Extension Horticulture program has expanded the collection of info-graphics for community gardeners this summer.  Info-graphics that outline best practices for community gardeners are now available on the Hort Team website in English, Lao, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.  Please share these broadly, they are a great resource. A handout with best practices for community […]

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Food safety at farmers’ markets this summer

Spring is a time when we prepare gardens for new seedlings, clear pots for new flowers, and enjoy fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs and much more. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food, take some commonsense precautions and help keep everyone safe and healthy this summer. At […]

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Let the Hotline answer your questions!

As some remote work continues, it’s a good time to remember that the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is available to personally answer food safety questions during the weekday, all year round.  The hotline focuses on answering questions about meat, poultry, or egg products, and tries to help callers find answers to other topics as […]

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What’s got you sick? Viruses vs bacteria

It’s no fun to wake up with a sore throat or blocked sinuses. Maybe you head to the doctor, and maybe you don’t. Knowing whether the illness is caused by a bacterium or a virus can help you understand possible treatment options. A bacterium — more commonly seen written in its plural form, bacteria – […]

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