Microwave food safety – an illustration of the risks

To add insult to injury, food safety colleagues in Australia are not only dealing with bush fires, but also an outbreak of illness linked to Salmonella from frozen microwave meals. Nearly 90 people across Australia have become sick in an outbreak linked to Core Powerfoods frozen meals. What we know: Salmonella and other pathogens will […]

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Microwave Food Safety

Microwaves play an increasingly important role in getting meals on the table, but special care must be taken so that microwaved food is safe to eat. Let’s look at some tips for cooking safely in a microwave oven. Is it safe to eat microwaved food?  Yes! Microwaves are very short (micro) radio waves that can […]

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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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Consumer Warning: Hard Boiled Egg Products

There is an expanding recall of packaged (peeled) hard boiled eggs and associated products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Packaged eggs were sold by retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Costco.  Eggland’s Best Brand is also involved. Snack packs that include whole, hard boiled-eggs and sold by Reichel Foods Inc. are […]

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Dozens more sick from lettuce; Wisconsin hardest hit

Three dozen more patients and two more states are officially part of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses traced to romaine lettuce, with residents in Wisconsin especially hard-hit. Over 26 individuals are confirmed with an outbreak-linked illness in Wisconsin, the most of any state in the nation. To date, 138 people across 25 states […]

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Pesticide residues in food products

Every year the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Pesticide Data Program analyzes a wide variety of food crops and processed foods for pesticide residues.  The annual report of testing covering 2018 was recently released (December 2019), with the numbers varying little from recent years. According to the report summary, “Over 99% of the products sampled had residues […]

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Check your refrigerator (again): lettuce and blackberries

Individuals are urged to check their refrigerators (again) for items currently involved in national recalls: romaine lettuce and blackberries. Wisconsin officials have found E. coli O157:H7 in an unopened bag of pre-washed, chopped romaine lettuce that originated from Salinas Valley, California; the lettuce was in an ill person’s home. Evidence is not yet available to […]

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Wisconsin warned of E. coli outbreak linked to Fresh Express salad kits

State and federal officials are investigating a new multistate outbreak of  E. coli O157:H7 infections. The outbreak is associated with Fresh Express brand chopped salad kits. People in Canada are also sick. Information collected to date indicates that Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits are a likely source of this outbreak. The U.S. Centers for […]

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The Story of Your Dinner

It’s national Food Safety Education Month and National Family Meals Month. A great way to start the school year off right is to remember that food safety is the foundation of a delicious family meal.  The Story of Your Dinner offers creative tools and messages to frame food safety throughout the chain of prevention — […]

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The science is in: don’t wash your poultry

The debate on whether or not to wash raw poultry is a fierce one, but until recently there was no hard-and-fast data to tell us just how risky it is to wash poultry. A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they […]

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