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    10 Common Food Safety Mistakes

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Handling foods safely is much more than throwing away expired milk or washing your fruits and vegetables. While these actions are important, there are several more common food safety mistakes that can result in major consequences. Avoid these 10 common yet dangerous food safety mistakes. Read More

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    Most Common Foodborne Pathogens

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    You hear about food poisoning outbreaks all the time, but what are the major culprits? Learn more about these pathogens and how to avoid them. Read More

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    Keeping Breast Milk Safe

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Breast-feeding has big benefits for both mother and baby. It strengthens baby's immune system, encourages bonding, saves money and even helps mom shed pregnancy weight. Here's how to keep it as pure and safe as possible. Read More

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    Flu vs. Food Poisoning

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Food poisoning causes an estimated 48 million illnesses and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sometimes, it's not always easy to tell the difference between food poisoning and influenza, especially since both show similar symptoms. Read More

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    Food Safety When Traveling Internationally

    Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

    Food poisoning tends to be most severe in impoverished to low-income countries and is typically attributed to an undrinkable water supply, poor personal hygiene and subpar food productions and storage conditions. As such, when traveling internationally, it is important to understand the conditions in which the food is grown so you can help prevent getting sick. Read More

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    Food Safety in the Home After a Hurricane and Flooding

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    After a hurricane or flooding, people need to assess all food and food preparation areas and equipment to decide what to keep or throw away. Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Read More

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    Food Safety Facts and Figures

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Each year, roughly one out of six Americans gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases. Read More

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    Older Adults and Food Poisoning

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    The number of seniors living in America is expected to reach 71.5 million by 2030, and a greater number of these older Americans will stay in their own homes. For older adults who continue to prepare a majority of their own meals and snacks, it is important they prepare foods safely and ask for assistance when needed. Read More

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    How to Safely Navigate the Farmers Market

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Shopping at the farmers market not only offers some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and other foods you can find, it also offers the opportunity to buy locally, support small farms and businesses in your area and connect with your community. As you explore farmers markets in your area, be mindful of food safety. Read More

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    Food Safety - Start at the Store

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Protecting your family from food poisoning doesn't begin at home. It begins at the grocery store. It is important to carefully select, package and transport food from the grocery store to home to keep it safe. Read More

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    Busy and On-The-Go

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    College is a unique time full of new experiences. For some students this includes living in a dorm, preparing their own food and eating meals on-the-go. Whether packing a lunch to eat between class, road tripping with perishables or gearing up for a tailgate, you are sure to have to transport perishable foods at some point during your college years. Read More

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    Botulism - The Details

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Botulism is a rare, yet serious illness that can be caused by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is commonly found in soil and produces a toxin that affects the nervous system. It is rare but if contracted requires immediate medical attention. Read More

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    Alerts!

    Check recall notices for instructions on what to do with the food. When a manufacturer recalls an item, they provide instructions on what to do, such as returning the food to where you bought it or how to dispose of properly. Read More

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    At a Greater Risk for Food Poisoning?

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    If you're at an increased risk or more vulnerable to food poisoning or if you're preparing food for those who are, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends the following tips to reduce the risk of food poisoning as you shop, cook and eat. Read More

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    After-School Food Safety

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    During the school year, many families face busy schedules packed with after-school activities. Don't let food poisoning throw a wrench into your packed itinerary, with just a few food safety tips, you can help keep your family healthy and active. Read More

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    Protecting the Food Supply

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Enjoying food, especially with family and friends, is one of the joys of life. Food and water sustain us and nourish the body, allowing us to grow and be active and healthy. Access to a safe food and water supply is a priority. Read More

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    Beat the Buffet Blues

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Buffet and potluck-style gatherings are a convenient alternative to the traditional sit-down dinner. Make sure guests leave without a case of the buffet blues, otherwise known as food poisoning. Read More

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    The Truth About Food Poisoning

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    While many people are aware of food safety issues, too many don't follow proper food safety practices. Learn why proper food safety behavior is important. Read More

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    Safe Food Processing

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    The United States' food supply is affordable, plentiful and one of the safest in the world – but it is not completely risk-free. From farm to fork, food safety is a top priority and many traditional food processing methods help minimize food safety risks, including canning, freezing, drying, irradiation and pasteurization. Read More

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    Tips for College Students

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    As college students across the country get ready to head to school, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offer tips for surviving without mom around to prepare home-cooked meals. Start this year off right by practicing proper food safety habits when attempting to re-create mom's best recipe in the dorm or apartment. Read More

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    The Danger Zone

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    In order to substantially decrease your risk of food poisoning you must keep your foods at a safe temperature and out of the infamous danger zone. Now what exactly is this "danger zone?" Learn more. Read More

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    Avoid High-Risk Foods

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Everyone is at risk for food poisoning, but some are more vulnerable to the effects of food poisoning. That's why it's important to make wise food choices, and always safely handle food. Read More

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    Buying in Bulk

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Nearly three out of four Americans shop at one of the hundreds of warehouse club stores nationwide — and most of us could use some help when it comes to navigating the "do's and don'ts" of buying in bulk! Before you hit the club, stock up on these helpful home food safety tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More

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    Food Poisoning - The Basics

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or foodborne disease) is an illness caused by bacteria or other pathogens in food. Read More

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    Connection between Healthful Eating and Food Safety

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    There is no one-size-fits-all diet that defines healthful eating. It may involve meat or no meat. It may follow a traditional MyPlate guide or a Mediterranean-style approach. It may contain gluten or no gluten. No matter what the healthy plan entails, when advised by a registered dietitian nutritionist, it will be nutrient-rich while offering a variety of foods to promote good health and prevent disease. Read More

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    5 Tips for Dining Out Safely

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Dining out can be a fun change of pace, but a nice restaurant meal can be ruined by food poisoning. Restaurants in the United States must operate under strict public health regulations, but it is still important to be cautious when it comes to eating in a restaurant. Read More

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    Food Safety Tips for Young Children

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Anyone can get food poisoning, but babies and toddlers are at especially high risk and once they become infected, young children can have a hard time getting well. The good news is that food poisoning can be avoided with a few simple steps. Read More

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    Understanding Food Labels

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Food packaging contains a wealth of information, from the Nutrition Facts Panel to the Ingredient List, and knowing what to look for is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Another valuable piece of information on your food packaging is whether or not the food is still safe to eat. Read More

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    Food Safety for the Savvy Traveler

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Many Americans will travel by car or plane this year. No matter the mode of transportation, packing for a trip also means packing food from home for many travelers this season. Here's how to keep it safe. Read More

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    Food Poisoning: Who's At Risk?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    While food poisoning can affect anyone who eats foods contaminated by foodborne pathogens, certain populations are more vulnerable to food poisoning and can be at far greater risk of developing serious illness with long-term effects or even death if contracting food poisoning. Read More

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    5 Food Safety Tips for Food Trucks

    Ruth Frechman, MA, RDN, CPT

    Trendy food trucks are convenient and offer unique, gourmet meals. When ordering a crispy tofu taco, a Maine lobster roll or a barbecue pulled pork slider from a food truck, avoid getting a side order of E. Coli, Salmonella and a trip to the ER. Read More

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    How to Get the Most Flavor and Nutrients

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Did you know that how you store, prepare and cook foods can affect not only safety, but also flavor and nutrition? With just a few tips on food preparation and cooking techniques, you can maximize the nutrient quality and flavors of your favorite foods. Read More

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    The Dangers of Cutting Corners in the Kitchen

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    "Multitasking" is a term that may have started in the workplace, but it has made its way to the kitchen — where more and more Americans say their busy lives require them to juggle too many things at once while eating and preparing food. But when it comes to mealtime, multitasking shortcuts might lead to food poisoning. Read More

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    Diabetes and Food Poisoning

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Food poisoning is a risk for everyone, but it can be especially serious for people with diabetes. One important way to manage your diabetes is by following proper food safety practices. Read More

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    Foodborne Risks for Moms-to-Be

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Handling food properly is essential to reducing the risk of food poisoning, especially during pregnancy. During pregnancy your immune system is weakened while your growing baby's immune system is undeveloped, making it much harder for both of you to fight off harmful pathogens. Read More

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    Four Easy Steps

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans outline four basic food safety principles: CLEAN, SEPARATE, CHILL and COOK. These principles directly align with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' four simple tips to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Read More

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    Mealtime Multitasking

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Be the boss of your brown bag and make sure to store it in a refrigerator (set below 40°F) as soon as you get to work. Or, pack your lunch in an insulated lunch bag or cooler — and throw in a frozen ice pack to ensure the safety of perishable foods. Read More

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    Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Dining

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    As temperatures rise, so do the risks of food poisoning. Keep outdoor dining safe by following a few easy steps for keeping your cooler clean to keeping food separate. Read More

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    Healthy Grilling

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Warmer weather means it's time to get out of the kitchen and fire up the barbecue. While grilled foods are packed with flavor, the way you prepare them can have a big impact on how healthy they are. Follow these simple steps for a cookout that's tasty and good for you. Read More

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    Hiking and Camping with Food Safety in Mind

    It's finally summer – a time to explore the great outdoors. Camping and hiking can be the perfect escape to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. But whether you set out for a few hours or a few days, keep important food safety principles in mind. You don't want to bring food poisoning home as a souvenir. Read More

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    Clean Grilling

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Let's face it. During the warm summer months, men are usually the ones flipping burgers over the hot, smoky grill. Are men following the correct outdoor food safety guidelines? Chances are they're not. Read More

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    Grilling

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Summer may be the traditional grilling season, but more than half of Americans fire up the barbecue all year-round! Whether you're a Weekend-only Griller or an Every Day Grill Gourmet, beef up your food safety with these helpful, hot-off-the-grill tips. Read More

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    Grilling with Flavor

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    If you've experimented with rubs and marinades, and want to add even more depth to your grilling, it's time for the next frontier: wood chips. If you've never used wood chips before, they can seem intimidating. This foolproof guide makes it a cinch. Read More

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    Tailgating

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Sports fans are gearing up across the country to tackle tailgating. This season, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to defend your pre- and post-game gatherings from the most challenging opponent — food poisoning. Read More

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    Keep Your Picnic Safe

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    While most Americans realize that May through September poses the biggest threat of food poisoning, a recent survey conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that consumers are not practicing correct outdoor food safety procedures. Read More

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    Desktop Dining

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Do you eat at your desk? According to a 2011 survey, most Americans regularly eat at their desks, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Read More

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    Food Safety at the Office

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Nearly three out of five Americans who work in offices where food is left out to share indulge in these social snacks at least once a week. Follow these food safety tips to stay healthy. Read More

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    What's Lurking in the Office Fridge?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    According to a survey, 67 percent of those surveyed say they store their lunch in the office refrigerator, but more than 20 percent report that their office refrigerator is rarely or never cleaned, and 18 percent said they have no idea if it is cleaned at all. Read More

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    Office Eating

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    If you're one of the 83 percent of Americans who regularly eat at their desks, stay healthy by following these food safety tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More

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    Keep Your Dairy and Egg Products Safe

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Many Americans often question how long dairy and egg products can be safely stored, what type of milk container to buy, or how to handle raw eggs. Read these tips to help you the next time you go grocery shopping or clean out your refrigerator. Read More

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    The Realities of Raw Milk

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    If you're trying to eat more natural and less processed foods, raw milk may seem like a smart choice. However, that is absolutely not true. While you may have heard that raw milk can prevent illnesses such as asthma, allergies, cancer and heart disease, it actually won't do anything to improve your health, and it could make you seriously sick. Read More

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    Produce from Purchase to Plate - Steps to Reduce Food Waste

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    While farmers work diligently to assure high crop yields to feed us all, there is much that is out of our control, including loss that can occur between the farm and our forks. But we can be conscientious consumers and take proper care of vegetables and fruits from purchase to plate. By doing so, we can save money, have a greater ability to feed the hungry and play a positive role in the reduction of produce waste. Read More

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    Keep Herbs Fresh and Safe

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Whether it’s rosemary, basil, tarragon or cilantro, fresh and dried herbs are one of the quickest, easiest ways to punch up the flavor of foods. Do you know how to store them for optimal safety and taste? Read More

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    Keeping Your Meat Safe

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    More and more Americans are becoming concerned about ensuring the food they eat is safe. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants consumers to know that they can take an active role in safeguarding their food by practicing proper food-handling procedures. Read More

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    How to Determine if Cheese Is Safe

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    Cheese. It's creamy. It's decadent. And sometimes it's stinky. But when it comes to your favorite cheese, an overpowering scent isn't always a bad thing. In fact, many cheeses are decidedly strong smelling, yet perfectly fine to eat. Read More

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    Keeping Your Seafood Safe

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    Consumers are more concerned about ensuring the seafood they buy and eat is safe. Learn safety tips on buying, storing and preparing frozen and fresh seafood. Read More

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    Keeping Convenience Foods Safe

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    People are turning to convenience foods such as canned foods, frozen foods and prepared salads to fill their plates at dinnertime instead of preparing meals from scratch. Here's how to store these foods safely. Read More

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    Are Sprouts Safe to Eat?

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    Eating sprouts can help promote good health. Unfortunately, they can also trigger food poisoning when consumed raw or even lightly cooked. This is because bacteria can thrive in a warm, humid environment and sprouts are grown in these conditions. Read More

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    Is Raw Seafood Safe To Eat?

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    People have been eating raw seafood from the beginning of time. But does that mean we should be doing so now? Get expert advice on consuming raw seafood. Read More

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    Egg Safety Every Step of the Way

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Eggs are a versatile, nutritious and economical food. However, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, each year about 142,000 illnesses are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with Salmonella. You can play a key role in preventing egg-related food poisoning by knowing how to safely buy, store, cook and eat eggs. Read More

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    Expert Advice on Produce Safety

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    Vegetables and fruits are popping up on more plates as the popularity of plant-based eating trends upward. As you enjoy produce, make sure it's safe to eat. Foodborne illness associated with produce is mostly preventable. Read More

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    The Juicing Trend - About Raw Juice

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    Drinking fruit or vegetable juice in general can be healthful and refreshing. One way to ensure you're getting plenty of produce in your diet is to fill in gaps of your whole fruit and vegetable intake with 100-percent pure fruit and vegetable juice. But before taking a gulp, know your risks. Read More

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    Microwave Tips

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    From defrosting to reheating, follow these tips for safe microwave cooking. Read More

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    Microwave Cooking with Kids

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    A frequent rule of thumb is that a child can use a microwave when he or she is old enough to read and understand food preparation instructions and the microwave oven keypad. Set rules and teach children guidelines for safe microwave use to prevent accidents. Read More

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    Cooking with Only a Microwave

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    College offers new experiences, and for some students this includes living in a dorm and preparing their own food. However, these opportunities may come with unique challenges, such as relying upon a microwave alone to cook meals. Read More

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    A Food Safety Resolution

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    The start of a new year offers the opportunity to reflect on and consider what you can do to make your life happier and healthier. Put food safety at the top of your resolution list. Read More

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    Food Safety for All Holiday Guests

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Whether you're bringing a holiday dish to the party or preparing the holiday feast yourself, it's important to practice safe food handling and keep in mind the needs of those who may be vulnerable to food poisoning. Read More

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    10 Holiday Home Food Safety Tips

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Enjoying food with family and friends is one of the highlights of the holiday season and while everyone wants to join in to help, too many cooks in the kitchen can result in an increased risk of food poisoning. Follow these 10 tips to avoid common kitchen blunders when preparing meals, buffets and even homemade food gifts this holiday season. Read More

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    How to Safely Mail Homemade Food Gifts

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Friends and loved ones who live far from home always enjoy receiving care packages that often include home-cooked meals or other prepared foods. Whether you are sending a package for the holidays, commemorating a special occasion or just showing that you care, keep food safety in mind with homemade food gifts. Read More

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    Advice for Holiday Cooks

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Whether you're an experienced cook or preparing to host your first holiday gathering, a little food safety advice can go a long way and ensure a safe, healthy and happy holiday dinner. Read More

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    Top Tips for Safe Stuffing

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, a holiday meal doesn't seem complete without it. Not everyone agrees on the exact ingredients that go into the perfect stuffing. However, everyone does agree stuffing needs to be prepared safely so your holiday doesn't provide vivid stories of food poisoning. Read More

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    New Holiday Traditions

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Eat, drink and be merry with these simple home food safety tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More

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    Holiday Food Safety, Planning to Leftovers

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Food is as much a part of holiday gatherings as football, candles and carols. This holiday season, keep food safety in mind every step of the way, including proper planning, safe shopping, working in the kitchen and wrapping up leftovers. Read More

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    Halloween

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Don’t let foodborne illness ruin your Halloween party! While trick-or-treating may bring you tons of candy, remember to stay safe and only enjoy factory-wrapped treats unless the person who is offering homemade treats is trustworthy. Read More

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    Frozen Turkey Safety Tips

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    To ensure proper handling, storage and preparation of frozen turkey, follow these tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More

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    The Joy of Cooking with Kids During the Holidays

    Eleese Cunningham, RDN

    With special treats and family gatherings, the perfect time to teach your child about cooking and nutrition is during the holidays! Kids will not only get to try the new foods they prepare, but they will also get a big boost to their confidence when they see family and friends enjoying their creations. Read More

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