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Keep Food Safe Blog

Some say that April showers bring May flowers. Recently, we've seen that spring and summer storms often have much more serious consequences, such as power outages from wind and water damage.

If your power goes out, knowing what to do with the food in your refrigerator and freezer can help...

Posted in: Kitchen Safety

On May 24, USDA made some important changes in their recommended cooking temperatures for meats. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Cooking Whole Cuts of Pork: USDA has lowered the recommended safe cooking temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160 ºF to 145 ºF with the
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Taking the handling instructions on food labels seriously can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy. By contrast, ignoring the labels can lead to very serious illnesses. Here are some recent examples.

Posted in: Labels

Since 2006, it has been much easier for people allergic to certain foods to avoid packaged products that contain them. This is because a federal law requires that the labels of most packaged foods marketed in the U.S. disclose in simple-to-understand terms when they are made with a major food...

Posted in: Labels
Tagged: Nuts | Ingredients | Milk | Fish | Wheat

Some of the questions we hear most frequently at the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline include “Is food safe if left out overnight?” and “Should I wash chicken before cooking it?” We know people aren’t sitting at a computer when these questions occur, and they often need the answers right away....

Posted in: Media
Tagged: Mobile | App | Ask Karen

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