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February Rent Smart Workshop Available!

Register today for our next Rent Smart workshop: February 5th and 12th (Wednesdays) 9:00am – 11:30am Menasha Public Library Registration Deadline: January 29th (Wednesday)   Rent Smart is a FREE program that provides practical education to help people looking for rental housing find, get, and keep suitable housing. This program focuses on the knowledge and […]

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Microwave Food Safety – An Illustration of the Risks

To add insult to injury, food safety colleagues in Australia are not only dealing with bush fires, but also an outbreak of illness linked to Salmonella from frozen microwave meals.  Nearly 90 people across Australia have become sick in an outbreak linked to Core Powerfoods frozen meals. What we know: Salmonella and other pathogens will not grow in frozen foods. Salmonella and other […]

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Microwave Food Safety

Image source: eatright.org Microwaves play an increasingly important role in getting meals on the table, but special care must be taken so that microwaved food is safe to eat.  Let’s look at some tips for cooking safely in a microwave oven. Is it safe to eat microwaved food?  Yes!  Microwaves are very short (micro) radio waves […]

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Tips for Cooking Safely in a Slow Cooker

Crock Pot slow cooker. During the winter, menu planning often turns more to soups and stews than at other times of the year.  When that happens, a slow cooker is the perfect appliance for preparing a nutritious meal that is ready when you walk through the door at the end of the day.  A slow […]

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Pesticide Residues in Food Products

Image courtesy of foodsafetynews.com Every year the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Pesticide Data Program analyzes a wide variety of food crops and processed foods for pesticide residues.  The annual report of testing covering 2018 was recently released (December 2019), with the numbers varying little from recent years.  According to the report summary, “Over 99% of the products […]

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Cookie Season in the Midst of Flour Recalls

The holiday season is wrapping up, but many of us will continue baking at least one batch of family-favorite cookies throughout the year.  Most people know it’s unsafe to eat raw dough, but most only think of the dangers of raw eggs and the risk of Salmonella.  In light of recent flour recalls, it’s important […]

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Reduce Food Waste: A Resource of Food Banks and Food Pantries

Many individuals make New Year’s resolutions, and these days some companies are even getting into the game.  Several prominent companies including Marriott (the hotel and hospitality company), Nestle Global (the international food and beverage company), and several branches of the U.S. government have pledged to reduce food waste in 2020.  I have been working with the […]

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Consumer Warning: Hard Boiled Egg Products

There is an expanding recall of packaged (peeled) hard boiled eggs and associated products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Packaged eggs were sold by retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Costco.  Eggland’s Best Brand is also involved. Snack packs that include whole, hard boiled-eggs and sold by Reichel Foods Inc. are also impacted.  Reichel Foods is recalling Pro2Snax brand “To The Max […]

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Dozens More Sick from Lettuce; Wisconsin Hardest Hit

Three dozen more patients and two more states are officially part of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses traced to romaine lettuce, with residents in Wisconsin especially hard-hit.  Over 26 individuals are confirmed with an outbreak-linked illness in Wisconsin, the most of any state in the nation. To date, 138 people across 25 states have been sickened.  There have been […]

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4-H Fun Day

4-H Fun Day Registration is now available. Deadline: January 15. Cost $5/person.The 4-H Ambassadors proudly bring you 4-H Fun Day each year. Fun Day is a hands-on learning day designed to promote 4-H project work. Join us to try out a new project area or learn what 4-H is all about!

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