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Resolve to Be Food Safe in 2013

One in six Americans is affected by food poisoning each year, resulting in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 preventable deaths.

In most people the symptoms of food poisoning, or foodborne illness, usually aren’t long-lasting and typically go away without medical treatment....

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Spring for Food Safety

Recipe book with Four Steps to Food Safety insert card.

Ahh, Spring! This week, a new season is getting a nice kick-off with Passover and Easter holidays. These celebrations are filled with...

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Turkey FUNdamentals: Top Questions for Cooking a Turkey

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline has been answering consumer questions related to Holiday meals for over 25 years. Of course, we get the usual questions about buying, thawing and roasting a turkey. But we also get some of the same not-so-typical...

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Is Your Food Safe to Eat for the Big Game?

Have plans for the big game? We all know this day is more than just football. It’s the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, next to Thanksgiving day.  Chips, wings, guacamole, chili – sounds like a good time right? It should be!

Don’t let this snack-filled day end in food...

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St. Patrick’s Day: Celebrate with Corned Beef

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...

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Deadly Listeria Food Poisoning: Who is Most at Risk?

Stephanie strived to take care of herself and her unborn baby. As an ultrasound technologist working with high-risk pregnancies, Stephanie knew more than most what could go wrong during a pregnancy. She knew the risks of Listeria--a germ that can cause food poisoning or worse--after...

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Food Safety at the Farmer's Market

Shopping at a farmer's market is a great way to get locally-grown, fresh fruit, vegetables, and other foods for you and your family. From 2008 to 2009, the number of farmers' markets in the United States increased by more than 13 percent, a sign that fresh produce and other food items are...

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How to Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage

Flicker, flicker, flicker—dark! The lights have just gone off, and the search for candles and matches has begun. But even if you can see by candlepower, there are other dangers lurking in the dark that you can’t see: bacteria that will begin growing in perishable foods when the electricity is...

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Challenge Yourself to Cook It Safe! Tips for Cooking with a Microwave or Conventional Oven

Every year, one in six Americans will fall ill due to some form of food poisoning. Many times it’s the result of not cooking food to the right temperature. 

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Grilling Food Safety 101

Questions received to USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline about grilling meat and poultry increase during spring and summer months.  In anticipation of the unofficial beginning of the summer grilling season on Memorial Day weekend, I have put together some of the most frequently asked questions that...

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