Illnesses linked to restaurant/deli foods

The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as a result of an outbreak of illness linked to Hepatitis A. There have been at least 750 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Michigan, with more than 80% of ill individuals hospitalized. The outbreak, which includes cases in California, Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Nevada, New York, Arkansas […]

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Food Safety & Backyard Poultry

In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more than 1,100 people across 48 states and killing one. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns individuals that contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can carry […]

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Environmental chemicals in food: should you be worried?

Several recent stories in the news media have reintroduced questions related to two chemicals which may be in our food, especially perchlorate and BPA. Perchlorate is a chemical used in fireworks, road flares, explosives, and rocket fuel. It is also sometimes present in bleach and in some fertilizers.Perchlorate  forms naturally in the environment in small amounts. Perchlorate […]

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A Smorgasbord of Foods Recalled for Listeria

In the latest of food recalls due to potential contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, a New Jersey food company is recalling more than a ton of frozen meatballs packaged under the Sam’s Club brand “Member’s Mark” because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Rich Food Products of Vineland, NJ shipped the ready-to-eat […]

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Three Kitchen Items to Help Keep You Food Safe

As we start a new year and look ahead to spring cleaning, there are three kitchen items that can help keep you and your family food-safe. 1. A digital thermometer. A tip-sensitive digital thermometer will make checking the internal temperature of meat, soups, and casseroles accurate and easy.  These days, food thermometers aren’t just for […]

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Expanded Recall: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits (frozen, bagged)

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits.  IIn addition a recall announced earlier this week of 12-count containers of orange cream bars, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of all chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars […]

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Is refined coconut oil a healthy choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products. Is coconut oil a healthy choice? Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive […]

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Instant Pot isn’t safe for canning

As a reminder, in early November 2017, I posted an article about electric multi-cookers, the most popular of which is the Instant Pot.  I was at several holiday parties where individuals had received this appliance as a holiday gift.  Are these electric multi-cookers safe for canning? Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No.’ These units have not been […]

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Advice to Avoid Romaine Lettuce, for Now

At the start of the new year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta,GA) and the federal Food and Drug Administration announced an investigation into toxic E. coli infections in the U.S. Since November, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from a dangerous strain of E. coli (E. coli O157:H7)  […]

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So you got a deer!

For many people in Wisconsin, fall means deer season.  The University of Wisconsin Extension has several resources to help you safely handle your harvest of wild game, especially deer. Fall weather can be variable, from mild to freezing temperatures, bare ground to snow.  The best information to help you safely harvest a deer is the […]

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