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Blog Archives 2010

As children head back to school this fall, parents and caretakers may wonder, “What’s the most important thing that the kids should take to school with them?” From my perspective as a food safety specialist, I’d recommend an insulated lunch box as the best investment of the school year. For a...

In my job as a bilingual technical information specialist with the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline, one of my responsibilities is to answer food safety questions from callers who speak Spanish. Since 2002, when we started offering our hotline services in Spanish, we’ve learned that the members...

Tagged Ask Karen | Spanish

How can you make sure that eggs are safe when you’re eating out, especially with all of the egg recalls in the news?

According to the CDC, public health officials have identified 26 restaurants or “event clusters” where more than one ill person with Salmonella Enteritidis has eaten (that’...

Tagged Egg | Egg Products

Summer holidays provide us with a much needed break from school and work, but that doesn’t mean that we should take a break from being smart about food safety. If anything, we need to be more careful, since foodborne illnesses increase during the summer.

Test your summer food safety IQ by...

Tagged Grilling | Summer | Barbecue

Family reunions and picnics are great for the heart and soul but sometimes not for the body. Many foodborne illness outbreaks have been traced to food served at large family gatherings, for a number of different reasons:

  • Lots of cooks in the kitchen: From eccentric aunts to
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Tagged Picnic | Reunion | Outdoors | Grill

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