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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Food safety in the time of COVID-19: Hand washing

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. While the Centers for Disease Control does not consider COVID-19  to be a foodborne illness, there are actions that you can take to prevent foodborne illness that appear effective in fighting the coronavirus. Of the food safety steps in helping to mitigate coronavirus, hand washing appears […]

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Food safety in the time of COVID-19: Take-out food

How likely is a person to come down with COVID-19 from take-out food from a local restaurant or items purchased at the grocery store?  Luckily, this isn’t very likely to happen. Coronovirus  is a respiratory virus. This means that it spreads primarily through the respiratory system, with the main transmission through person-to-person droplet infection. Someone who is infected coughs […]

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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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