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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Consumers Need Wake-Up Call About Potential Dangers of Flour

Courtesy Food Safety News A recent posting in Food Safety News tells a common tale: “She’s in the kitchen happily enough making some chocolate chip cookies.  Happy because her family loves them but also happy because she loves nibbling on some of the raw cookie dough.  It’s something she’s done ever since she was old enough […]

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A Hello and Update from UW-Madison Extension

We wanted to send you a note bringing you up to date on the latest news from Extension and how we’re serving counties across the state.  As of July 1, Extension has officially transitioned to UW-Madison from the UW System.  This transition has been in the works for more than a year and has involved […]

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Back-to-School Shopping on a Budget

Households with children in grade school and high school will spend almost $700 on back-to-school shopping this fall, according to the National Retail Federation.  Clothing, electronics, and school supplies are the top three expenses listed by families in the Federation’s annual July survey.  Households with a college student will spend closer to $1000 this year […]

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August Rent Smart Workshop Available!

The Extension Winnebago County office would like to announce our upcoming Rent Smart workshop on August 14th and 21st from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the Neenah Public Library. This is our only workshop in Neenah this year, so call our office to save your space if you’d like to attend! Rent Smart is a FREE […]

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Professional Development Trainings Available!

Our office is hosting several FREE professional development trainings that are now open for registration!  If you would like to register for any or all of these trainings, please call our office at (920) 232-1970.  Space is limited to the first 30 registrants for each training, so don’t delay! QPR Gatekeeper Training (Question, Persuade, Refer): […]

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Listeria Recall Linked to Green Giant, Trader Joe’s, and Other Brands of Vegetable Products

Listeria monocytogenes contamination has been found at a facility that manufactures vegetable products, including Trader Joe’s- branded zucchini and butternut squash spirals distributed in Wisconsin.  Other brands such as Green Giant are also implicated, although the Green Giant product does not appear to have been distributed in Wisconsin. The recalled product is manufactured by California-based Growers Express and […]

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Centers for Disease Control warns of Salmonella linked to backyard flocks

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced a national investigation into Salmonella infections from backyard flocks.  As of June, there were 279 people across 41 states who have been infected!  Of the 152 patients for whom the information is available, more than a fourth had to be admitted to hospitals because their symptoms were so severe. Since 2000, […]

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Why is Blanching Recommended when Freezing Vegetables?

A short heat process known as blanching is generally recommended before freezing of vegetables.  Some canning recipes also call for a short blanching, or heating, step prior to placing vegetables into the jar.  Blanching helps to stabilize the color, especially of peas and other green vegetables, and it protects flavor and texture.  Blanching also helps to cleanse […]

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Pillsbury, Aldi, King Arthur Flour Recalled

Three prominent brands have recalled flour due to the possible presence of contamination with a harmful strain of the E. coli bacteria.  The newest recall includes more than 4,600 cases of Pillsbury “Best Bread” flour.  While the flour was shipped to retailers and distributors in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia – […]

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