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Preparing Chitterlings for the Holidays

For some people, chitterlings are a reminder of home, family, culture, and holidays -- and either you really love them or you don’t. Chitterlings are the small intestines of a hog and are especially popular in the southern United States.

If you’ve never eaten chitterlings (more commonly...

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Thanksgiving Holiday Help: Plan Ahead

Let’s face it, in November, a turkey will most likely find its way onto your menu. Planning ahead can help ensure that your special meal is successful, safe, and stress-free. If you have questions, the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline offers planning tips and shares their top turkey questions and...

Home Canning: Keep Your Family Safe!

Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Food Safety Specialist, University of Georgia

Home canning—what better way to enjoy the fruits of your labor and save money? National movements to promote home canning are gaining momentum, and people are returning to home...

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Check the dates for food on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is probably the most popular date night of the year. Romance and special dinners fill the bill either at home or at a restaurant. A different kind of dating is useful when it comes to food safety—food product dating.

While people can enjoy dinner with their “dates,” there...

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Spring Celebrations: What’s on Your Menu?

USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline gets extra busy this time of year with brisket, baked ham, and egg questions. Here are some Spring food safety tips based on questions our Hotline Food Safety Specialists have received from callers.

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Treat Your Pets Like Family

As a veterinarian, and a pet owner, I understand how people feel about their pets. For many of us, our pets really are like members of our families.

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Spring Celebrations: Handling Leftovers

Now that we have served that delicious ham and brisket and hunted for our hard-cooked Easter eggs, callers to USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline have questions about the storage of these leftovers.  Here are some answers based on questions our Hotline food safety specialists have reviewed from...

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Holiday food safety tips

The holiday season is a time for celebration and great food. Don’t let merriment change to misery because food makes you or others ill. 

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Perfect Food Safe Picnics!

No ants, no bees, no food poisoning!  What better way to celebrate a beautiful summer day than with a picnic outside at the park, at the beach or even in your own backyard.  Here are some tips to keep your picnic perfectly safe:

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Keep Mail-Order Treats Safe

  • Make sure the company sends perishable items, like meat or poultry, cold or frozen and packed with a cold source. It should be packed in foam or heavy corrugated cardboard.
  • The food should be
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