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Turkey FUNdamentals: Planning for Thanksgiving

Okay, so it’s your turn to host the annual Thanksgiving feast. Aunt Sara has been cooking turkeys for 40 years, and Cousin Rachel is a gourmet cook. Can you tackle a turkey without being traumatized?

Yes you can!  Believe it or not, taking care of “Tom” isn’t that tough, and it can...

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Where Food Poisoning Begins…It May Surprise You

Where Food Poisoning Begins…It May Surprise You

Where does foodborne illness (commonly called food poisoning) originate?  If you guessed “in the kitchen,” you’d be missing a big part of the picture.  Although disease...

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What's Your Summer Food Safety IQ?

Summer holidays provide us with a much needed break from school and work, but that doesn’t mean that we should take a break from being smart about food safety. If anything, we need to be more careful, since foodborne illnesses increase during the summer.

Test your summer food safety IQ by...

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USDA Food Safety Hotline Posts Milestones for 28 Years

The year is 1985. The top TV program was “Dynasty” followed closely by “Dallas.” Microwave popcorn had just been introduced. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline opened its phone lines July 1, beginning 28 years of...

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Turkey FUNdamentals: Leftovers

The Sad Case of the Leftover Thanksgiving Doggy Bag

“Would you like a doggy bag to take home?” asks the waiter. “That would be great” says the diner. Nearly half of her dinner remains on the plate and will make a quick second meal for another day.

But wait. Here’...

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Mail-Order Madness

Mail-order foods have been around for awhile and now ordering online makes it easy to send or receive a tasty gift. Perhaps you placed an order for a gift of food for yourself or a family member or plan to send a gift of food. Either way, make sure it’s handled safely so you keep your family...

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Keeping Infant Formula Safe

If you've made the decision to feed your baby using infant formula, it’s important to know the facts. All manufacturers of infant formula sold in the U.S. must register with FDA which sets standards to ensure the nutritional quality and safety of infant formula. Formula -- whether powder, liquid...

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Homemade Eggnog: Make it Safely

Homemade eggnog is a tradition in many families during the holiday season. But each year this creamy drink causes many cases of Salmonella. The ingredient responsible? Usually raw or undercooked eggs.

Eggs are a standard ingredient in most homemade eggnog recipes, giving the...

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Cupid is Coming! Tips for a Romantic—and Safe—Dinner

After “flowers or chocolate” (hint: both!), the next big Valentine’s Day question isn’t whether to order the heart-shaped pizza (hint: yes!)—it’s whether to go out to a cozy neighborhood restaurant or cuddle up on the couch and eat takeout. No matter where you dine, make sure...

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A Complex Mystery: Finding the Sources of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

I work in a group at CDC that investigates foodborne illnesses in the United States — illnesses like salmonellosis and E. coli infection.  One challenge we face during an outbreak investigation is trying to figure out the source of the outbreak. 

When a group of people consume...

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