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What’s Your Food Safety Plan for Hurricane Season?

A plan can help keep you and your family safe from foodborne illness during prolonged power outages and flood damage.

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Avoiding Food Allergy Reactions

Learn how to recognize and manage food allergies so you can prevent serious health consequences.

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Wash Your Hands for Health

Washing your hands properly and at the right times can prevent illnesses and infections.

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Today's Lesson: Prepare Safe Lunches

Learn how to plan and prepare safe lunches for your children, whether they're returning to school or distance learning.

4 Simple Steps to Food Safety


Wash hands, utensils and surfaces often. Germs can spread and survive in many places.


Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread illness-causing bacteria to ready-to-eat foods, so keep them separate.


Cook to the right temperature. Ensure that foods are cooked safely by always using a food thermometer.


Refrigerate promptly. Bacteria that cause food poisoning multiply quickest between 40°F and 140°F.