Importance of washing hands (and tools) when gardening

Fingers crossed, the weather will continue to warm and more and more people can get out into their gardens. If you garden in a community space, it will seem different this year.  An earlier update shared information on community gardening this summer.  In the community where I garden, we’ve installed foot-operated hand washing stations with […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Why is the coronavirus different?

The coronavirus that we are all dealing with this year has some startling differences and also some similarities from other viruses that we have heard about before. About 15-30% of common colds every year are caused by a type of coronavirus. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a particularly virulent and contagious coronavirus. What is […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Survival of the coronavirus on surfaces

Studies have shown that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to several days.  Is this cause for concern? A recent study from the National Institute of Health  noted that under laboratory conditions, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces. Scientists […]

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

We know that the coronavirus is a respiratory illness, not a foodborne illness. We also know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two primary strategies to help control COVID-19: physical distancing and hand washing.  So why are we seeing people wearing face masks? The CDC advises the use of simple cloth […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Is meat safe?

Several very large beef, pork and poultry slaughter plants have shut down over recent weeks due, at least in part, to COVID-19.  This has led to a disruption in the supply chain. Is meat and poultry that we find in the grocery store still safe to prepare and eat? The Centers for Disease Control and […]

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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: The fun of handwashing

We return today to handwashing since that seems to be such an important response to the coronavirus and COVID-19.  And some good news and fun for a Friday. The good news: so many sources are sharing consistent (and evidence-based) messages about food safety and nutrition.  Many of these messages are ‘old friends’ and practicing food […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Food safety is always ‘in season’

As the weather warms, looking ahead to gardening in the weeks and months ahead can be a favorite past-time.  Are there any special precautions that we need to take when growing fruits and vegetables this spring and summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Experts actually recommend preparing the garden and starting seedlings indoors as great […]

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