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Juice and Cider: Make Sure They're Safe

When fall arrives, many of us look forward to enjoying fresh apple cider and juices. While most people think of juices as healthy foods, since they provide many essential nutrients, certain types of juice could pose a health risk to your family.

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Check Your Steps: Cook to Keep Your Family Safer from Food Poisoning

While federal food safety agencies work hard every day to keep food safe before it gets to the consumer, the risk of foodborne illness has not been eliminated. One in six Americans will get food poisoning this year—that’s 48 million people. The USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline feels that it is...

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Meat in the Refrigerator: How Long Does It Last?

On behalf of everyone in government who works to keep your food safe, welcome to the FoodSafety.gov blog!

By way of introduction, I’m the manager of the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline. The Hotline is a toll-free telephone service that is available year round, Monday through Friday, to...

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Keeping food safe when the power goes out

The good news is that the National Weather Service says that competing climate factors suggest a less active hurricane season this year compared to many in recent years.  The bad news is that it doesn’t take a hurricane to knock power out.  Spring and summer storms often do it very effectively...

What's Up with the FDA and Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages?

In November, the FDA issued warning letters to four companies that make alcoholic beverages with added caffeine, sometimes referred to as “caffeinated alcoholic beverages.” The letters warned the companies that FDA considers the caffeine added to their malt alcoholic beverages to be an “unsafe...

Getting In the Food Safety Discovery Zone

Question: What’s 40 feet long, bright yellow, and helps to keep you healthy?

Answer: No, it’s not an overgrown banana. It’s the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone, also known as our Food Safety Mobile. The Discovery Zone will be traveling to state fairs, public events, supermarkets, and...

What Do You Do If You Have a Recalled Product?

In my role as chief medical officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, I am responsible for providing oversight for medical issues relating to food safety that may arise, including product recalls. A food recall occurs when a company removes a food product from the market...

Drinking Raw Milk: More Details on the Risks

In response to my recent blog, Drinking Raw Milk: It’s Not Worth the Risk, we received a number of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our readers, along with my answers.

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Check Your Steps: Separate Raw Meats from Other Foods

Over the past two weeks as part of the Food Safe Families campaign, I’ve blogged about the basic food safety steps of cook and clean. Both are important but easy to...

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Find Out about Food Trucks in Your Area

Ever wonder about mobile food trucks in your area? They bring their tasty treats right to you. Make sure you know your local rules for safe handling of food on food trucks.

Food truck vendors in your community must follow local food safety rules set by your city, county, district, or...

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