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Keep Food Poisoning from Ruining your Vacation

We look forward all year to our summer vacations. Whether you’re camping, hitting the beach, boating, or relaxing in a mountain cabin or beach house, you’ll probably be packing food.

Food Labels Are Serious Business

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.

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Super Bowl, Slow Cookers, and Food Safety: An Unbeatable Team

For most of the year, my slow cooker stays on the shelf in my kitchen. But, when the Super Bowl approaches, I always pull it out to make chili, meatballs, or other hot party foods.  he thing that I love about a slow cooker is that it can cook food safely and help me save time while I’m busy...

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Holiday Parties: Spread Cheer, Not Foodborne Illness

It’s that time of year when the parties never seem to end. They’re great occasions for exchanging good will and gifts – but not the dangerous bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

Here are some of the unwanted guests who may try to crash your party:

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Cooking Meat? Check the New Recommended Temperatures

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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Countdown to Thanksgiving: Buying the Holiday Turkey

What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey? Most of us plan our entire holiday dinner around the turkey. That’s a lot of pressure on one bird!

Here’s what you need to know when you go to the store to buy your holiday turkey.

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Ensure Food Safety When the Power Goes Out

(Cross-posted from the USDA Blog)

Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter! It’s a fact of modern life:...

Fecal Matters: It All Starts with a Stool Sample

Imagine you go to your doctor’s office or an emergency room with more than just an upset stomach. Your doctor asks you questions, such as, “How long have you been sick?” and “Do you feel like you have a fever?”   After more...

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Barbecue Basics: Keeping Bacteria at Bay

Summer brings out barbecue grills—and bacteria, which multiply in food faster in warm weather and can cause food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness). Following a few simple guidelines can prevent an unpleasant experience.

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There’s More than One Way to Cook a Turkey

The need for speed. Lack of oven space. Family traditions. Power outages.

All are reasons many cooks might look for ways to roast a whole turkey outside the usual oven. Consider the following methods suggested by the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline.

But first, a message about food...

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