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Keep Food Safe Blog

Have you recently heard about something called “norovirus” in the news? You probably have, although it’s sometimes referred to as “food poisoning” or the “stomach flu.”  Norovirus is very common and very contagious. In fact, a recent...

Tagged Outbreak | Norovirus

Those of us on the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline can always tell when St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Starting in early March, we begin to receive lots of questions about corned beef: How do you prepare it? How can you tell when it’s safely cooked? How long can you store it?

While a...

Being a busy mom I rely heavily on two things: leftovers and the microwave. How else would I heat up a quick lunch at work as I rush to get back to a conference call? How would I re-heat the dinner my husband missed due to our mismatched schedules?

Still, despite feeling crunched for time...

Tagged Leftovers | Microwave

In response to my recent blog, Drinking Raw Milk: It’s Not Worth the Risk, we received a number of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our readers, along with my answers.

Tagged Raw Milk

There are many reasons why some people are thinking about drinking raw milk these days. (Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs.) Some people want to eat less processed food. Others have heard that raw milk contains more of certain nutrients than pasteurized milk,...

Tagged Raw Milk

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