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Food Safety Gets Trendy: Highlights from the Annual Trend Report

Food poisoning, sometimes known as foodborne illness, can happen anywhere, to anyone, and from foods we might not expect.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works with federal, state, and local partners to collect information about how many people get sick each year from...

Pregúntele a Karen for Food Safety Answers in Spanish

In my job as a bilingual technical information specialist with the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline, one of my responsibilities is to answer food safety questions from callers who speak Spanish. Since 2002, when we started offering our hotline services in Spanish, we’ve learned that the members...

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A Boater’s Guide to Food Safety

You’re out on the boat at last, and looking forward to catchin’ some rays and maybe even some fish. The last thing you need is food poisoning.

But like a lot of boaters, you could be taking chances. Too much sun on a hot day can make perishable food dangerous.

Perishable food and...

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Check Your Steps: Wash Hands and Surfaces Often

Bacteria exist everywhere in our environment, and some of them can make us really sick. Illness-causing bacteria exist in or on food, on countertops, kitchen utensils, hands, pets, and in the dirt where food grows. As part of the...

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Perfectly Pleasing Picnics

Picnics and barbecues with family and friends are part of summer fun. Make sure they stay fun by remembering that foodborne bacteria can multiply rapidly in summer temperatures. To protect against foodborne illness when eating outdoors, follow these simple food safety guidelines for transporting...

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Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Be Food Safe

At the start of a new year many people think about what needs to be changed to make their lives happier and healthier and resolve to make the changes. Some changes people settle on are so big and difficult, like losing 40 lbs. or training for a marathon, that they’re forgotten in the press of...

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Don’t Let Yersiniosis Spoil Your Holidays!

The holidays are a cherished time of year, when you enjoy the company of family and friends. Why spoil it with symptoms of yersiniosis, such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, fever, and vomiting?

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AIDS and Food Safety share a crucial connection

December 1, 2013 was World AIDS Day and while the connection between HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and food safety may not seem obvious, it’s actually crucial. People with HIV/AIDS) are highly susceptible to many types of infection, including those...

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Found a Problem With Your Food? USDA Wants To Know About It

Have you ever opened a package from the grocery store to find that something wasn’t right about it, and then wondered who to call to report a problem?  The company’s toll-free number, the grocery store that sold it, or someone else? If that product involves meat, poultry, or a...

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Get Food Safety Answers on Your Smart Phone

Some of the questions we hear most frequently at the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline include “Is food safe if left out overnight?” and “Should I wash chicken before cooking it?” We know people aren’t sitting at a computer when these questions occur, and they often need the answers right away....

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