Safe Recipe Style Guide

The Partnership for Food Safety Education has introduced a Safe Recipe Style Guide intended to dramatically improve consumers’ safe food handling behaviors at home. The Style Guide provides specific, concise recipe text to address four major kitchen practices: cooking to safe temperatures, hand washing, preventing cross contamination, and safe handling of fresh produce. The Style […]

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Cutting Food Waste While Maintaining Food Safety

Food safety and food waste are both major concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually – the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Food […]

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Recall of cut melons due to Salmonella risk

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a nationwide foodborne illness outbreak investigation tied to cut melons.  As of April 12, 2019, 93 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from nine states: Alabama 1, Illinois 5, Indiana 18, Kentucky 16, Michigan 19, Minnesota 3, Missouri […]

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Finding reliable information online

It’s so often challenging to sort through all the information found online. How can a person tell if the information is from a reliable source?  And from an Extension-educator standpoint, how do we know that the information is based on credible research so that we can feel comfortable passing that information on to consumers?  I’ll […]

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No soap and water? Try hand sanitizers.

Washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to people around you. The best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the risk of getting sick is by washing your hands with plain soap and clean water, advises the Centers for […]

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Safe handling of cooked rice

I received a question about the safety of reheating cooked rice. It seems that internet sites caution against reheating rice (at all), or reheating rice only once, or storing cooked rice for only 1 day before eating and/or discarding. Another site suggested that rice had to reheated; in other words that it was dangerous to eat […]

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Try orange marmalade!

Sometimes, as winter turns to spring and even before the first fruits of summer appear, thoughts turn to food preservation. One recipe to try this time of year is orange marmalade.  Citrus fruits, oranges and lemons in this recipe, are still in season and flavorful. This recipe does not include added pectin, instead it relies […]

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Fruit and Vegetable Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables provides important health benefits, but it’s important that you select and prepare them safely. Fruits and vegetables add nutrients to your diet that help protect you from heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. In addition, choosing […]

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Botulism outbreak linked to home-canned peas

On June 6, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was notified of three related women who had arrived at a hospital four hours earlier for evaluation for acute nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, drooping eyelids, thick-feeling tongue, and shortness of breath. Within hours, all three patients […]

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Focus on Food Safety When Making Maple Syrup

Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in many parts of Wisconsin, and it is as much of an art as a science. Even though sap does run in other trees such as birch and elm in early spring, maples produce more and sweeter sap than any other tree. Collection. Once trees are tapped, a […]

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