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Keep School Lunches Safe

As children head back to school this fall, parents and caretakers may wonder, “What’s the most important thing that the kids should take to school with them?” From my perspective as a food safety specialist, I’d recommend an insulated lunch box as the best investment of the school year. For a...

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Avoid Foodborne Illness when Traveling Abroad

by Robin Woo, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Traveling to other countries – and staying healthy – requires planning, preparation, self-discipline, and vigilance.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspects international facilities that make FDA-...

There Are Things You Hear About Food Safety That Aren’t Quite Right

Whether it’s about raw cookie dough only being a problem for kids or microwaves killing the germs, you hear a lot of things about food safety that are just a little wrong – but a little wrong that can make you sick.  However, just in time for September’s National Food Safety Education Month, the...

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Food Safety in a Power Outage

Some say that April showers bring May flowers. Recently, we've seen that spring and summer storms often have much more serious consequences, such as power outages from wind and water damage.

If your power goes out, knowing what to do with the food in your refrigerator and freezer can help...

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Sneaky Salmonella: It’s Common, Costly, and Preventable

Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food. Each of those illnesses represents something that went wrong somewhere along the pathway from a farm to our table. Behind these illnesses are familiar culprits (like Salmonella) and causes (...

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Fighting Food Poisoning: One of The Most Important Things You Can Do

What is one of the most important thing you can do to fight food poisoning? Here are a few hints:

  • It takes only 20 seconds (if you do it the right way).
  • It requires only 3 ingredients.
  • Anyone can do it, even very young children.

The answer...

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Handle Leftovers with Care

Being a busy mom I rely heavily on two things: leftovers and the microwave. How else would I heat up a quick lunch at work as I rush to get back to a conference call? How would I re-heat the dinner my husband missed due to our mismatched schedules?

Still, despite feeling crunched for time...

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Norovirus in the News

Have you recently heard about something called “norovirus” in the news? You probably have, although it’s sometimes referred to as “food poisoning” or the “stomach flu.”  Norovirus is very common and very contagious. In fact, a recent...

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Chicks are Cute, but Risky!

Chicks and other live poultry can be cute, but they can also carry germs that can make you seriously sick. In 2012 alone, eight multi-state outbreaks caused nearly 500 people to get sick from touching or handling these birds, more than 90 people went to the...

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Why Does USDA Recommend Using a Food Thermometer?

Because you can't tell if food has reached a safe internal temperature just by looking at it.
Is it done yet? How do you know when your hamburger is done? Because it's brown in the middle? Looking at the color of the food is not enough—you have to use a food...

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