Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: The 5 second rule

With so many meals consumed at home these days, there are bound to be mishaps, such as a spilled glass of milk or a sandwich dropped on the floor. So it’s a good time to revisit the age-old 5-second rule. This isn’t the in-bounding rule in basketball, but a food hygiene standard in some households […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Cook to proper temperatures

Now, perhaps more than ever, we want to protect ourselves and our families from a foodborne illness. While there is no evidence that the coronavirus is a foodborne disease, there can be harmful bacteria in food and protecting against an illness such as salmonellosis is always important. One of the best defenses against a foodborne […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Produce is the spice of life

The last several posts have focused on clarifying safe produce handling recommendations for consumers and the start of the growing season. When planning our grocery store or farm market trips, does organically grown produce present any food-safety advantages? The International Food Information Council offers some helpful tips in response to recent media attention contrasting the […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Avoid this food safety mistake (#3)

We know that hand washing is important to help prevent illness.  What about washing meat, poultry and seafood? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that food safety mistake #3 is washing meat, chicken or turkey. Why it’s a mistake: Washing raw meat, chicken, turkey, or eggs can spread germs to your sink, countertops, […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Why soap?

We’ve all heard a lot recently about hand washing as an important step in illness prevention. Effective hand washing starts with soap and clean, running water. Either bar soap or liquid soap will work. Wet hands with clean water and apply soap. When we place unclean hands in water, nothing really happens. Add soap and […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Dates on food products

With a ‘Safer at Home‘ order, many of us are looking to foods stocked in our pantries and cupboards to help feed our families. What do dates on food products tell us? If the date is past, is the food still safe?  In most cases, yes! Dates on food package labels are generally quality dates, an indication […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Cleaning & Disinfecting

We all know that hand washing is an important defense against coronavirus. And as we work to keep ourselves and our families healthy, routine cleaning and disinfecting of areas in our homes is important. Cleaning removes dirt from surfaces, while disinfecting kills germs that remain after cleaning. What is the best way to clean and […]

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