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: Keep it Cold

While most of us would welcome warmer weather, it is important to keep perishable food cold.  There is a food safety saying that states, “Keep Hot Things Hot and Cold Things Cold.” Perishable foods, those that support the rapid growth of microorganisms, should be kept either warm enough or cold enough to prevent microbial growth.  […]

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Safe & Healthy: Canned, Frozen or Fresh?

There are so many options for fruits and vegetables: canned, fresh, or frozen. Which is most nutritious? Researchers at the University of California-Davis have published data comparing the nutritional value of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables, and the results are enlightening. Fruits and vegetables are typically over 90% water and, once they are […]

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