Safe & Healthy: Green Eggs and Green Ham

In the famous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham,  Sam-I-Am persists in asking the story’s lead character  to try green eggs and ham.  It makes for an engaging children’s story, but are green eggs and ham safe to eat? Let’s find out! Why is the yolk of a hard-boiled egg sometimes green […]

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Safe & Healthy: Be sure to follow directions!

The food that we buy in the grocery store or raise in our gardens isn’t sterile (completely free of microorganisms). It isn’t supposed to be! Microorganisms are part of our natural environment, and many of these microorganisms are harmless. Some microorganism, however, are capable of causing disease.  How consumers handle, store, and prepare food is […]

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Safe & Healthy: Tips on Preparing Chicken Safely

A new study involving 120 volunteers shows that consumers have a lot to learn about preparing chicken safely at home! Researchers at the University of California-Davis recruited 120 volunteers to prepare chicken and a salad in their homes.  Meal preparation was video-recorded and participants were surveyed about the experience afterwards.  Survey results indicated that consumers […]

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Safe & Healthy: When Grilling, Temperature is Key!

There are many aspects to managing a holiday picnic, including cooking meat to a proper temperature to help prevent foodborne illness. The USDA has simplified meat cooking temperatures so your holiday cookout will be both safe and tasty. These new temperatures are often lower than previous recommendations, but include a rest time. After you remove […]

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Safe & Healthy: Grilling Food Safely

The grilling season is set to begin this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. With foodborne illness peaking in the summer, there are some tips to keep the grilling season food safe. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food, especially raw meat. Always marinate […]

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Safe & Healthy: No Thanks to Meatloaf and Gravy

On what should have been a joyous occasion, nearly 300 people were sickened recently when they consumed contaminated gravy at a wedding reception in a town in Missouri. The cause of the illnesses was a spore-forming bacterium known as Clostridium perfringens. What is Clostridium prefringens? Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens) is a spore-forming bacterium that is […]

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Safe & Healthy: Meat Quality

What determines meat quality?  Meat is graded for quality while still on the carcass. Meat quality grades are based on expected tenderness, juiciness, and flavor and are affected by the age of the animal, the texture and color of the muscle tissue, and the amount and distribution of marbling within the lean tissue. Marbling is […]

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Safe & Healthy: Recalled Meat

In our family we are dealing with foodborne illness this week, but that’s not the reason for a Northern California company recalling some 8.7 million pounds of beef. Rancho Feeding Corporation on February 9, 2014 announced an expanded recall of meat products processed at their facilities; nearly 9 million pounds of beef are affected.  What […]

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Safe & Healthy: Planning for Thanksgiving

Let’s face it, in November, a turkey will find its way onto many menus this month. Planning ahead can help ensure that your special meal is successful, safe, and stress-free. The USDA offers these tips for success. Plan Ahead Make a guest list: Decide how many people will be eating, plan your menu, and gather […]

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Safe & Healthy: The Big Thaw

Uh, oh! You’re home and forgot to thaw something for dinner. You grab a package of meat or chicken and use hot water to thaw it fast. But is this safe? What if you remembered to take food out of the freezer, but forgot and left the package on the counter all day while you […]

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