The Dangers of Raw Milk

Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits.  But milk that has not been pasteurized can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family if consumed raw. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1993 through 2012, there were 127 outbreaks linked to raw […]

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Wash Your Hands, Not Food Packages

Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While wintery weather can bring with it dry, chapped hands, experts continue to recommend hand washing as one of the most effective means of helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Experts believe that the coronavirus should not be considered a food safety hazard and […]

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Keep Black Friday for Shopping by Handling Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

No one wants to have to have holiday time overshadowed by a foodborne illness, especially after the Thanksgiving day feast.  There are some easy steps to keeping the ‘happy’ in holidays: Keep food out of the Danger Zone: Bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40°F and 140°F.  That is what is referred to as […]

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Cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey: Oven, Deep-Fryer, Frozen

Households will soon be preparing for Thanksgiving Day.  While most people will sit down to a roasted turkey, there are also options for deep-frying a turkey and, for those running behind, you can place a still-frozen turkey in the oven and still end up with a meal that you will enjoy.  Following are tips on […]

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Don’t Make Turkey Frying a Disastrous Situation This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is full of togetherness, giving thanks, lots of food, and some turkey deep frying horror stories.  From homes burning down to turkeys skyrocketing into the air, safely preparing and frying a turkey doesn’t have to be dangerous.  To avoid becoming one of these Thanksgiving Day horror stories, and to make sure you fry […]

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You’ve got the right stuff(ing)! Tips to handle stuffing with care.

  Stuffing is a big favorite around the Thanksgiving holiday.  Although it is delicious, covered with gravy, and mixed with slices of moist turkey, this side dish can also be dangerous.  Because moist, warm stuffing is an excellent medium for bacterial growth, it’s important to handle it safely and cook it to a safe minimum […]

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Safe Thawing Instructions for the Thanksgiving Turkey

Many families purchase a frozen Thanksgiving turkey, and getting the turkey to the table involves “The Big Thaw.”  Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during “the big thaw.”  While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely.  However, as soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria present before freezing can begin to grow again.  Turkey must […]

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Fresh or Frozen: Purchasing a Thanksgiving Turkey

Fresh?  Frozen?  Organic?  Natural?  Hen or Tom?  There are plenty of decisions to make when purchasing your Thanksgiving turkey.  Turkeys to be sold fresh are quick-chilled to 40°F or lower at the processing facility, but must not go below a temperature of 26°F.  You may think that turkeys chilled to this temperature would be ‘frozen’, but they […]

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