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September Smart Workshop Available!

The Extension Winnebago County office would like to announce our upcoming Rent Smart workshop on September 19th and 26th from 9:00am – 11:30am at the Menasha Public Library. This is our only workshop in Menasha for the remainder of this year, so call our office to save your space if you’d like to attend! Rent […]

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Hy-Vee Stores Recalling 3.1 Tons of Beef and Chicken

Hy-Vee Fresh Commissary, based in Ankeny, Iowa has recalled approximately 6,233 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef and chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The RTE beef and chicken […]

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The Story of Your Dinner

It’s national Food Safety Education Month and National Family Meals Month.  A great way to start the school year off right is to remember that food safety is the foundation of a delicious family meal.  The Story of Your Dinner offers creative tools and messages to frame food safety throughout the chain of prevention — […]

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Youth Advocacy Network of the Fox Cities September 12, 2019

Youth Advocacy Network of the Fox Cities (YAN) NEXT MEETING: Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 8:30am-10:30am PRESENTATION: Children and Youth with Special Needs: Learn to link children with services, close service gaps, and reduce duplication to better serve our families. PRESENTED BY: Lawren Olivanti, Information/Referral Specialist, Northeast Regional Center Children with Special Health Care Needs-Children’s […]

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The Science is In: Don’t Wash Your Poultry

The debate on whether or not to wash raw poultry is a fierce one, but until recently there was no hard-and-fast data to tell us just how risky it is to wash poultry.  A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they […]

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Food Recall Basics

As recent blog posts suggest, there are dozens of food recall notices posted in the United States each month.  The Partnership for Food Safety Education has developed some fact sheets that they hope will help people sort through the information in recall notices and to take action to identify whether a recalled product is in […]

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Your Questions Answered: Steam Canning

I have been answering many questions about the use of an atmospheric steam canner.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted research showing that an atmospheric Steam Canner may be used to safely can naturally acid foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified-foods such as salsa or pickles.  The atmospheric steam canner uses only ~2 […]

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Back-to-School: Lesson #1

In time for Food Safety Education Month (September) and back-to-school, the USDA has issued back-to-school food safety tips focused on….hand washing.  Why is Lesson #1 Hand Washing?  According to Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA Under-Secretary for Food Safety, USDA research has found that consumers fail to properly wash their hands 97% of the time.  “Washing hands is one […]

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Cyclospora Infections Linked to Fresh Basil

Fresh basil exported by Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico is under investigation for a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections.  As of August 15, 2019, a total of 205 people with laboratory-confirmed Cyclospora infections associated with this outbreak have been reported from 11 states: CT (1), FL (50), GA (2), IA (2), […]

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Invisible Danger for Pets and Humans: Salmonella

Federal public health officials have repeated warnings about pig ear treats for dogs as human illnesses related to the multi-branded products have sickened 127 people in 33 states in a multi-drug resistant Salmonella outbreak.  Thirty percent of humans affected (26) in the outbreak have required hospitalization, many of them children younger than 5 years old. FDA and Centers for Disease Control and […]

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