What does ‘use a tested recipe’ mean in home food preservation?

The University of Wisconsin issued recommendations a few years ago for safely using an atmospheric steam canner for home canning of naturally acid or acidified foods. The atmospheric steam canner has some advantages over a boiling water canner for processing high acid foods.  Research recommendations indicated that naturally acid foods, such as peaches, apples, jams […]

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Hiding in plain sight: added sugar

We tend to think that added sugar is mainly found in desserts like cookies and cakes, but it’s also found in many savory foods, such as bread and pasta sauce. And some foods promoted as “natural” or “healthy” are laden with added sugars, compounding the confusion. In fact, manufacturers add sugar to an estimated 74% of […]

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Infant Botulism: What you need to know

A recent recall of baby food in Canada due to the risk for botulism poisoning (February, 2019) following on 4 cases of infant botulism poisoning in the U.S. linked to honey-containing pacifiers (November, 2018) suggests that it’s a good time to remind everyone that botulism is dangerous for all ages, but particularly for infants and young […]

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Better than chocolate: How is food made?

A new article from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) argues that what consumers want more than chocolate is transparency; consumers want to know where there food comes from and how it’s made. On this Valentine’s Day, arguing against chocolate might be a hard sell, but CFI does point to efforts by some companies to […]

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Keep Food Safety on Valentine’s Day Menu

If dinner at your favorite restaurant is part of your Valentine’s Day plan, be sure food safety is on the menu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prepared food safety tips for dining out so it is a memorable meal for the right reasons. Check for cleanliness. Choose a dining establishment that is well maintained, […]

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Washing Produce: Watch these videos to help you do it correctly!

The University of California-Davis has created two videos that will be helpful for educators and consumers interested in produce safety! Dr. Christine Bruhn, Director of the Center for Consumer Research at U.C. Davis, provides up-to-date, easy to understand information that consumers (and educators) can use for safe in-home handling and preparation of fresh produce. An […]

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Warning: Don’t use honey on pacifiers

Last year health officials reported that four infants in Texas developed botulism poisoning after consuming honey. The children, all less than a year old, had all been given pacifiers containing honey before they became sick. All four babies had to be admitted to hospitals for life-saving treatment. Botulism poisoning attacks the nervous system and often […]

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Disappearing snow & freeze-dried food have something in common

You might have noticed something strange on days when it’s really, really cold and sunny – snow looks like it’s disappearing.  The snow isn’t melting, it’s too cold for that, but you know the snow pile is disappearing.  The disappearance is due to a phenomenon known as sublimation – when a solid goes directly to […]

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Thrive Nut Butters Recalled

All lots of the Thrive Market-branded nut butters were recalled on January 24 because of the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The manufacturer that provides the product to Thrive Markets has detected Listeria monocytogenes in recent lots. Thrive Markets is an ecommerce retailer, with products distributed nationwide.  Food banks and food pantries in Wisconsin […]

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Game day food safety tips

Thanksgiving is the biggest day to consume food in the United States. What’s the second biggest day for food consumption? Super Bowl Sunday! Super Bowl Sunday is a great American tradition, and a great way to bring together the three Fs: football, friends, and food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and […]

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