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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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The Good, The Bad, The Reheated: Cooking and Handling Leftovers

Holiday dinners are a time to enjoy friends, family and good food. And while leftovers can make quick and tasty meals, it’s important to remember to refrigerate them promptly and reheat properly.  You can help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home by following these guidelines from...

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First Down Food Safety Tips for your Super Bowl Party

In order to win the game, the first downs have to keep coming without the penalties. Super Bowl Sunday will be a long day of first downs and a long day of eating! It’s the second highest day of food consumption in the U.S., and that means hosts and guests need to have their defense ready to keep...

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Drinking Raw Milk: It's Not Worth the Risk

There are many reasons why some people are thinking about drinking raw milk these days. (Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs.) Some people want to eat less processed food. Others have heard that raw milk contains more of certain nutrients than pasteurized milk,...

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