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Gluten-Free on the Label? Now It Means Something

An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, an auto-immune digestive disorder, that can have serious health consequences.  For them, FDA’s recently issued standard for the claim “gluten-free” on food labels is critical.  This new regulation provides consumers with the assurance...

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New Multimedia Campaign Aims to Reduce Food Poisoning

Today, USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services launched a true first for our departments and our nation’s public health system. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service partnered with the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ad...

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Holiday Food Safety: Keep Bacteria Off Your Menu

The holidays often mean family, fun, and food. But beware – bacteria can lurk in holiday buffet goodies and cause foodborne illness. Follow these guidelines for group platters to protect your guests from harmful foodborne bacteria.

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Holiday Food Safety Bloopers

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline talked to about 350 people on Thanksgiving Day about thawing, preparing and storing turkey. Most people were right on track and just needed some reassuring about handling the big bird. Some people, however, called about situations that could be disastrous – or...

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It's Hurricane Season: Prepare to Keep Food Safe

As the national education advisor for food safety at FDA, I’m responsible for getting the word out about keeping food safe, particularly during disasters. And, of all the natural disasters that we face in the United States, the only one that has its own clearly defined season is the hurricane....

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Tips for Tailgating: Hot Dog Safety Basics

Whether you call it a hot dog, frankfurter, or wiener, it's a cooked sausage and a year-round favorite – especially during football season.

Before you grab your bun and favorite toppings, take a look at the questions and answers below to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying...

Tackling a Tailgate, Food Safety Wins!

It’s tailgate season, are you ready for the kick off? Planning is the key to keeping your food safe during a tailgate so get your gear ready now. Do you have enough coolers, and all the tools you need to cook? In addition to a grill and fuel...

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Eggs: Reducing the Risk of Illness from Salmonella

When we think of special foods for spring, we often think of eggs. Unfortunately, thanks to last summer’s egg recall, when we think of eggs, we may also think of food illnesses such as Salmonella.

To avoid food poisoning, you must take special care when handling and preparing fresh...

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Check Your Steps: Chill: How to Pack a Cooler to Prevent Food Poisoning

This summer has been a scorcher! So this week’s Check Your Steps blog focuses on a timely food safety step—Chill. You may feel like this guy,...

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Recipes for Disaster: New Food Safety PSAs Show Us That Forgetting Food Safety Steps is a Recipe for Disaster

81 million Americans are expected to barbeque this July 4th holiday, marking the start of summer - a time when incidents of food poisoning, tend to surge.  Luckily, new Food Safety online PSAs remind us how to keep our families safe....

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