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Let's Eat Outside (Safely)!

Let's Eat Outside (Safely)!

As the weather warms, many people enjoy cooking outside on a grill or packing a picnic to eat on a nature hike. Problem is, if we don't pay attention to safe food handling, we could put our family and friends at risk of foodborne illness or "food poisoning." Foodborne illness increases during the summer because the temperatures are warmer, and the bacteria present around us can "hop on" food and grow quickly in the warm temperatures. Summer also tends to be humid, and moist environments increase the chances for bacteria to grow.

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Grilling with a Food Thermometer

Grilling with a Food Thermometer

Meat needs to reach a safe internal temperature to prevent you and your family from getting sick. Although checking the color of the meat is a good start, it does not guarantee it is safe to eat.

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Cook it Fast in a Microwave Oven

Cook it Fast in a Microwave Oven

Many households have a microwave oven. These small appliances are energy-efficient, take up little space in your kitchen and speed up food preparation. However, food safety experts have found that not everyone follows safe food-handling rules when using the microwave.

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Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen

Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen

As the green grass begins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter, tackling a "spring cleaning" of our refrigerators and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start.

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Stop Germs in Their Tracks With Proper Hand Washing

Stop Germs in Their Tracks With Proper Hand Washing

When the weather cools, people stay indoors more often. The number of colds and flulike symptoms begin to increase at this time of year. Did you know that proper hand washing is the single most important way to help prevent the spread of illness?

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Prepackaged Fruits and Veggies

Prepackaged Fruits and Veggies

My kids only eat prepackaged fruits and veggies for snacks. Do these snacks need to be washed before my kids eat them?

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The Date Dilemma

The Date Dilemma

I bought some yogurt and eggs at the grocery store yesterday. I noticed today is the "sell-by" date. Is the food still OK to eat? I have some other foods in my cupboard with "use-by" and "expiration" dates. What is the difference?

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The Do's and Don'ts of Thawing Meat

The Do's and Don'ts of Thawing Meat

When I was at my friend’s house, I noticed she was thawing meat in a pan on her counter top. Is that safe?

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Is Frozen Canned Food Safe?

Is Frozen Canned Food Safe?

After my grocery shopping trip, I accidentally left a can of refried beans and a can of diced chilies in my car and they froze! The cans look swollen now. Is the food safe to eat?

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Turkey Pop-up Thermometers

Turkey Pop-up Thermometers

I bought a turkey with a pop-up thermometer. Do I still need to use a regular thermometer?

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