Canned Fruits and Vegetables are a Good Choice

The majority of Americans do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, only 33% of Americans consume the recommended amount of fruits and only 27% consume the recommended amount of vegetables. A study shows that canned fruits and vegetables can help bridge the dietary gap. Popular media often emphasizes the point that only fresh […]

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Canned Corn Recall: Botulism Risk

Del Monte Foods has recalled more than 64,000 cases of canned corn that was not properly processed, which can result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens that can lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. Botulism is the illness of greatest concern linked to this recall. Del Monte Foods failed to adequately heat the product […]

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More Lettuce Recalled

The California farm linked to a nationwide outbreak of illnesses tied to E. coli O157:H- contaminated romaine lettuce has issued an expanded recall. Adam Brothers Farming Inc of Santa Maria, California has recalled red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested this year from November 27 through November 30 as the product may be […]

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Safe Preserving: Lots of Tomatoes to Can!

I have a bounty of garden tomatoes to can. How do I know whether to pressure can them or can them in a boiling water canner? There are lots of great things to be said for home-canned tomatoes: the flavor can’t be beat; canned tomatoes are a versatile pantry item, working well in so many […]

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Food Safety for Flooded Farms

Flooding events, especially during the harvest season, can have a significant impact on a farm’s bottom line. Growers need to also consider food safety impacts as they assess damage and consider their options. Several resources are available to help growers in the aftermath of  significant rain events. Food Safety for Flooded Farms (Produce Safety Alliance) […]

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Guidelines for Consuming Late Season Produce Exposed to Floodwater

Heavy rains and the flowing waters that result can contaminate plants growing in the garden and create a food safety hazard. As floodwater moves into your garden, it can carry raw sewage overflow, farm and domestic animal waste, river or pond water, and agricultural run-off, all of which can be sources of human pathogens such […]

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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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