Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Keeping Backyard Poultry

Recognizing that more people may be interested in keeping backyard poultry, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated resources to keep both poultry and humans healthy! Since 2000, backyard poultry flocks have been responsible for more than 70 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more than 4,794 people, with 894 hospitalizations and seven deaths; […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Is our food supply still secure?

We have heard that the U.S. food supply is safe and secure during the coronavirus epidemic, but we’ve also heard that some farms have had to dispose of food items rather than send them to processing. Is our food supply still secure? Dr. Frank Yiannis, deputy commissioner of FDA, indicates that there is plenty of […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Handling leftovers safely

With so many meals prepared at home these days and grocery shopping a bit more complicated as we practice physical distancing, it’s important to make sure that leftovers are handled safely so that they don’t go to waste or, even worse, make us sick. Cook food safely. The first step in having safe leftovers is […]

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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: 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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Use infant formula before it expires

We encourage consumers to use ‘Best By’ dates on food and beverage packaging as a guide to decision-making, knowing that these dates are applied to food packages as indicators of quality, not safety. Most food products are not even required to carry a ‘best by’ or ‘best if used by’ date.  The exception to this […]

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Reduce Food Waste: A Resource of Food Banks and Food Pantries

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions and these days some companies are even getting into the game.  Several prominent companies including Marriott, the hotel and hospitality company, Nestle Global, the international food and beverage company, and several branches of the U.S. government have pledged to reduce food waste in 2020.  I have been working with […]

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