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    Hand Washing

    Proper hand-washing has the power to reduce food poisoning and significantly reduce the spread of the common cold and flu. View Article

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    Washing Leafy Greens

    From arugula to watercress, leafy greens are fresh, beautiful, tasty and healthful. There's one golden rule that applies to any leafy greens: Between purchasing and plating, washing them properly is key to food safety. View Article

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    Keeping Your Cooler Clean

    After a day of fun in the sun, it's easy to empty your cooler and forget about it until your next outing. But a clean, safe cooler starts before your next picnic even begins. Take good care of your cooler and you'll ensure that it's bacteria- and germ-free every time you use it. View Article

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    Keeping Your Produce Safe

    Should one buy fruits or vegetables in season or out of season? At the supermarket or from the farmers market? These are frequent questions that consumers often face when purchasing fresh produce. View Article

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    Spring Cleaning 101

    Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to give the kitchen a good food safety check and cleaning, especially refrigerators and freezers where raw meat, poultry and seafood is stored. Follow these tips for a thorough spring cleaning. View Article

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    Cutting Board Safety

    When juices from raw meats or germs from unclean objects accidentally touch cooked or ready-to-eat foods (such as fruits or salads), cross-contamination occurs. If not cleaned correctly, the board harbors harmful bacteria. View Article

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    Preventing Cross-Contact at Home

    For the 15 million people with food allergies, 3 million with celiac disease and many more with other sensitivities, avoiding contact with an offending food is a big concern. Coming into contact with a miniscule amount of the offending food can cause life threatening reactions in people with food allergies or cause damage to the intestines of those with celiac disease. View Article

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    The Rules of Separation at the Grill

    During grilling season, cross-contamination, a leading cause of food poisoning, tops the list of food safety concerns. When juices from raw meats or bacteria from unclean items touch cooked or read-to-eat foods, cross-contamination can occur, spreading harmful bacteria that can make you sick. View Article

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    Separate - The Basics

    Bacteria can spread through cross-contamination. This occurs when raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs come in contact with ready-to-eat foods like bread and vegetables, so keep them separate. View Article

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    Food Allergies, Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

    It can be quite confusing when one person avoiding gluten can't eat French fries prepared in a shared fryer but another will take a small bite of bread pudding. The array of terminology used only adds to the confusion: allergy, intolerance, sensitivity, celiac disease. View Article

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    A Short Guide to Food Thermometers

    You can't tell if a food is safely cooked by sight, smell or even taste. A food thermometer is the only way to ensure food is cooked to the proper internal temperature and harmful bacteria are eliminated. View Article

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    Home Canning Safety Tips

    How do you like your vegetables? If you are among one of the many households in the United States who preserve their own food, then chances are you enjoy homegrown vegetables fresh from your own canning jar. You may be part of a growing segment of Americans who are returning to the "farm your own food" way of life to cut food costs and eat healthfully. View Article

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    10 Food Safety Tips for the Slow Cooker

    Slow cookers are a convenient way to whip up a delicious dish with minimal effort. Just throw all of the ingredients in the pot, turn it on, head to work, come home and dinner is ready to be served. View Article

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    Can Rare Meat Be Safe?

    Do you enjoy meat that is cooked until it is just rare or medium-rare? It's okay if you're not a fan of well-done meat. You don't need to give up enjoying foods prepared the way you like. But you should know the safest way to savor lightly cooked meat. View Article

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    Is Your Food Thermometer Accurate?

    Have you ever thought of taking your thermometer's temperature? For the sake of both food safety and quality, it’s a good idea to give your food thermometer a regular check-up. View Article

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    Tips for Reheating Leftovers

    Whether you're a leftover lover or more the take-out type, heat, eat (and repeat!) with this home food safety "dish" from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. View Article

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    Cookie Rookie Pledge

    As delicious as it might look, eating raw cookie dough could make you very sick. When handling raw cookie dough, keep these safety tips in mind. View Article

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    Teaching Kids to Cook

    The best way to teach kids about eating right is to get them into the kitchen to prepare healthy meals together. Cooking is a valuable life skill that teaches children about nutrition and food safety, as well as building math, science, literacy and fine motor skills. View Article