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Importance of Washing Hands (and Tools) when Gardening

Fingers crossed, the weather will continue to warm and more and more people can get out into their gardens.  If you garden in a community space, it will seem different this year.  An earlier update shared information on community gardening this summer.  In the community where I garden, we’ve installed foot-operated hand washing stations with […]

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Food Safety Basics: A Video Collection

The Partnership for Food Safety Education lists four basic steps to help prevent foodborne illness: Clean, Cook, Chill and Separate.  These food safety steps are important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that foodborne microorganisms are responsible for 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in the United States every year! Not only can you get sick […]

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Latest Research: Food Label Confusion Leads to Food Waste

Research to be published in the September 2020 issue of Food Control confirms that consumers are wasting food due to confusion over food product dating.  An online survey of 1042 U.S. adults evaluated consumers’ use and knowledge of food label dates, and consumers’ habits related to disposing of food that would likely still be safe for consumption. The age […]

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Community Garden Update 5/13/2020

Community garden tentative opening date of Wednesday, May 27 We apologize for the delay in opening the community gardens.  Due to the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 situation and the Safer at Home order, completing improvements at the community gardens happened slower than anticipated.  In addition, as we move forward we are taking steps to […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Survival of the Coronavirus on Surfaces

Studies have shown that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to several days.  Is this cause for concern?  A recent study from the National Institute of Health noted that under laboratory conditions, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces.  Scientists found that SARS-CoV-2 was […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Why is the Coronavirus Different?

The coronavirus that we are all dealing with this year has some startling differences and also some similarities from other viruses that we have heard about before.  About 15-30% of common colds every year are caused by a type of coronavirus.  COVID-19 is a disease caused by a particularly virulent and contagious coronavirus. What is a […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Grill Like a PRO

The CDC estimates that 48 million Americans every year get sick with a foodborne illness, with cases of foodborne illness tending to spike in the summer.  While grilling outside with our family can be fun, it can also lead to food poisoning.  Now is certainly no time to get sick with an illness that is avoidable!  […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Why Masks?

We know that the coronavirus is a respiratory illness, not a foodborne illness.  We also know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two primary strategies to help control COVID-19: physical distancing and hand washing.  So why are we seeing people wearing face masks? The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Is Meat Safe?

Several very large beef, pork, and poultry slaughter plants have shut down over recent weeks due, at least in part, to COVID-19.  This has led to a disruption in the supply chain.  Is meat and poultry that we find in the grocery store still safe to prepare and eat?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

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