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New Year’s Resolution: Keep Food Safe to Eat

picture of salmonella

Bacteria, like this salmonella, multiplies quickly between 41 and 135 degrees F.

Eating contaminated food can cause anything from simple stomach ache to a life-threatening condition. Consumer Reports recently revealed a sobering fact that 48 million Americans get sick each year from eating tainted food. Fortunately, families can protect themselves by resolving to handle food carefully in the kitchen. Here are a few things you can do as the new year begins: Continue reading

Let’s talk Turkey: Pt 3, Keep your Family Safe

carve a turkey

BE SAFE! After carving what you need, return the rest back to a 140 degree oven. The safety zone..

Let’s talk Turkey: Pt 3, Keep your Family Safe

There is a lot of chatter in the blogosphere right now about the dangers of eating turkey. The tone reminds me of when I had brown hair and cranberries caused cancer…or something. The fact remains that poultry, turkeys included, do sometimes carry salmonella and campylobacter bacteria. The USDA (the agriculture people) recommend that everyone handle, cook, and serve poultry under their guidelines. The recommendations apply to most foods but poultry has special importance and is labeled as a potentially hazardous food (PHF). Factory-grown poultry has more opportunity to pick up hazardous bacteria than free range birds but that is another topic open for discussion on the forum. Here are several things you can do to lessen the danger of getting sick Continue reading