Category Archives: Food Safety

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Safe Temperatures for Food

Just like us, bacteria need food and water to grow and multiply. They also need a comfortable living environment, not too cold and not too hot. Bacteria that cause food borne illnesses are commonly found in foods we eat. So how do we keep this food safe to eat? By making it hard for bacteria to grow, multiply, or survive by how we handle food. Along with handwashing, keeping foods at the right temperature is an important part of proper food safety. Bacteria grow best between 40 °F and 140 °F. They can double in number in as little as 20 minutes. It only takes a few bacteria to make you very sick. To prevent bacteria from growing in your food, follow these steps when storing and cooking food. Continue reading

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A Clean Kitchen is a Safe Kitchen

Have you gotten the spring cleaning urge yet? Since the weather hasn’t quite warmed up for outdoor activities, now is a great time to clean your kitchen. Cleaning is the first step for preventing illnesses and keeping germs out of your food. And a clean and organized kitchen is more inviting for cooking at home, the best strategy for eating smart. Continue reading

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Safe Storage for Perishable Foods

Perishable foods are foods that spoil quickly and need to be stored properly to stay fresh and keep germs from multiplying. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood are perishable foods. We tend to waste perishable foods because they go bad before we eat them. Food is a large part of a family’s budget, so wasted food is wasted money. Let’s talk about how to store perishable foods so they have the longest shelf life, stay safe to eat, and limits food waste. Continue reading

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The Two Biggest Food Safety Hazards on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a time for spreading love and cheer, not germs! Unfortunately, many families do not use proper food handling practices, increasing the risk of food poisoning at their holiday meals. By following this food safety advice, you can avoid the two biggest food safety hazards on Thanksgiving day. Continue reading

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Fix Your Food Safety Mistakes

You can’t see germs that cause food poisoning, but they can be lurking in the food you eat. Every year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from a food borne illness. Some end up hospitalized and some even die. As scary as that sounds, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of illness. Unfortunately, many of us don’t practice these food safety precautions as well as we should. Starting today, commit to never make these common food safety mistakes again. Continue reading