Safe & Healthy: Cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella

There is a national recall of cucumbers on-going due to Salmonella contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Food and Drug Administration and several states, is investigating an outbreak of illness from Salmonella Poona linked to contaminated cucumbers. A total of 285 cases of illness have been reported in 27 states; […]

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Safe & Healthy: Apple Cider

When fall arrives, many of us look forward to enjoying fresh juice and apple cider. While most people think of juices as healthy foods, juice and cider could pose a health risk to your family unless they are heated to kill harmful bacteria. News stories every year highlight this risk; here are some recent examples: […]

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Safe & Healthy: Food Safety at the Farmers’ Market

Shopping at a farmers’ market can be a great way to get locally-grown, fresh fruit, vegetables, and other foods for you and your family.  Market stands in the Madison area this past weekend were overflowing with winter squashes, apples, potatoes (white and sweet), cabbage, onions, peppers and even some late-season lettuce and tomatoes. As more […]

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Safe & Healthy: (not healthy) Sprouts

There are several foods that it’s just a good idea to avoid: raw milk, products made with raw  milk, and raw oysters are all foods best avoided. Consumers are often surprised to hear that raw sprouts (raw sprouted seeds) are another food best avoided. Sprouts: What You Should Know Like any fresh produce that is […]

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Safe & Healthy: Fruit and Vegetable Washes

Should I use one of the commercial vegetable washes to help make the fruits and vegetables that I serve to my family safer?  This is an excellent question. The surfaces of fruits and vegetables are covered by a natural waxy cuticle. This cuticle helps seal in moisture and is a natural layer of protection for […]

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Safe & Healthy: Does washing produce remove pesticides?

Educational messages say that consumers should wash fresh fruits and vegetables to help prevent illness, but is this really effective? Fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways and from both biological and chemical substances. During the growing phase, fruits and veggies may be contaminated by animals or microorganisms naturally in the soil, by substances […]

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