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Make It a Food Safe Reunion

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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How to Handle Ready-to-Eat Bagged Produce

by Dr. Michelle Annette Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Food Safety, Produce Safety Staff, FDA

Pre-cut, bagged, pre-washed produce has increased in popularity over the last few years. The convenience of ready-to-eat bagged produce has allowed consumers with hectic...

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Global Networks Make Food Safer

We all deserve healthy, safe foods, yet many countries lack basic resources to identify, track, and stop the spread of foodborne illnesses.

Once food becomes contaminated, germs and infection can spread rapidly through families or between continents. Acting globally means sharing...

Spring Traditions: Serving Ham Safely

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...

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Spring Cleaning the Office Refrigerator

Spring has long been the time of year for annual spring cleaning projects around the home. When it comes to safe food handling, however, everything that comes in contact with food must be kept clean all year long — including the refrigerator.

You probably keep your refrigerator at home...

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What Does the New Food Safety Law Mean for You?

Just before Christmas, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Obama signed into law on January 4, 2011. Here’s a quick look at some of the provisions in the new law:

  • Issuing recalls: For the first time, FDA
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Homemade Baby Food – Make it Safely

Many parents are discovering that homemade baby foods can be a nutritious and often more economical alternative to baby foods available in stores. To ensure that the food is safe for your growing infant, follow these simple steps for selecting, preparing, and storing food.

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Turkey FUNdamentals: Deep Fat Frying a Turkey

Are you curious about deep frying a turkey? I know you are! You’ve heard all the talk about how tasty they are; tender and juicy yet crispy on the outside. You’ve seen the turkey fryers and giant jugs of peanut oil. But you’re a little nervous. That’s a lot of hot oil! USDA’s Food Safety &...

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Cook Your Mother’s Day Cookies!

Of course raw cookie dough isn’t as sweet as Mom—but it might be a close second! As you bake up a batch of Mother’s Day cookies, or help Mom with her famous family recipe, keep this information in mind to keep yourself and your mom safe.

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Surprise, It's Mother's Day

Mother’s Day got here faster than you expected and you’re short on time, but you still want to make a special meal for mom. Have you thought about using your microwave?  It’s fast, safe and easy.

Microwave ovens can play an important role at mealtime, but special care must be taken when...

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