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National Recall of Ground Beef: Consumers Urged to Check Freezers and Refrigerators

Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 42,922 pounds of ground beef products, some labeled as ‘organic’ that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.  The raw ground beef items were produced on June 1, 2020 and include the following products: 1-lb. vacuum packages […]

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Picnics and Potlucks in the Time of COVID-19

With warmer weather, many of us are heading outside and anxious to reconnect with family and friends.  Even though there is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through food or food packaging, being together with others does increase the chance of exposure to the disease.  What are some best practices for picnics and potlucks in […]

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Best Gardening Practices During COVID-19: Info-Graphics!

The Division of Extension has developed info-graphics that depict best practices for gardening in community spaces this summer.  A community garden can be a great place to meet new friends and exchange gardening tips.  This summer of COVID-19 there are some practices that will keep everyone safe and healthy. Feeling ill?  Stay at home.  Garden […]

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Message to our community

Updated June 23, 2020 by Jody Bezio A Message to Our Community We are heartbroken by the senseless loss of yet another Black life, a reflection of the ongoing systemic racism and the broader social and economic injustices in our country. As members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Winnebago County community, we concur with […]

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Food Safety at Farmers’ Markets this Summer

Spring is a time when we prepare gardens for new seedlings, clear pots for new flowers, and enjoy fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs, and much more.  While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food, take some commonsense precautions and help keep everyone safe and healthy this summer. At […]

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How Safe is Your Cutting Board?

Which is better, wooden or plastic cutting boards?  It turns out, there is no easy answer.  Consumers may choose either wood or a nonporous surface such as plastic, marble, or glass – any of these materials can work.  What’s important is how you handle your cutting board!  The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline has some special tips. Avoid cross contamination.  This […]

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Rent Smart June Workshop RESCHEDULED

UW-Madison Division of Extension has issued direction to all Extension staff in Wisconsin regarding scheduled meetings/events in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  In response to this direction and to limit the contagion risk to our program participants and the community at large, the June 9th & 16th Rent Smart Workshop has been RESCHEDULED.  We understand […]

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Let the Hotline answer your questions!

As some remote work continues, it’s a good time to remember that the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is available to personally answer food safety questions during the weekday, all year round.  The hotline focuses on answering questions about meat, poultry, or egg products and tries to help callers find answers to other topics as well. The Hotline […]

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Drive-Thru Mobile Food Pantry Available!

Feeding America is hosting a drive-thru mobile food pantry from 10:00am – 12:00pm every Thursday (May 28 – June 25, 2020) at the Fox Valley Technical College (1825 Bluemound Dr., Appleton, WI 54912). How it Works: Do not exit your vehicle at any time. Follow directions of posted signs. Have room in your vehicle’s trunk […]

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