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Keep Food Safe Blog

When we think of special foods for spring, we often think of eggs. Unfortunately, thanks to last summer’s egg recall, when we think of eggs, we may also think of food illnesses such as Salmonella.

To avoid food poisoning, you must take special care when handling and preparing fresh...

Posted in: Bacteria/Virus

Brisket is a popular meat for springtime celebrations. One reason that it’s an excellent choice for entertaining is that it can be prepared in advance. In fact, you must prepare it in advance and cook it slowly to make it tender. Also, because it can be cooked ahead of time and...

Posted in: Seasonal
Tagged: Brisket | Beef

If you’ve been shopping for ham recently, you may have found yourself bewildered by the many choices available: fresh, cured, cooked, spiral-cut, smoked, bone in, boneless, country. It’s no wonder people have so many questions about cooking and storing ham! Here are some tips that will make it...

Tagged: Ham

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...

Posted in: Holidays

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