Wash Your Hands, Not Your Poultry (or other meat)

Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) and other meat should not be washed before cooking.  Washing poultry and other meat spreads germs to other areas of the kitchen, and is not effective at removing bacteria that may be present.  A study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology  illustrates why it’s a bad idea to wash […]

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Salads, herbs sold in Wisconsin recalled for E. coli

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that BrightFarms is voluntarily recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its greenhouse farm in Rochelle, Illinois. The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in Wisconsin. The recall […]

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Freshcut veggies recalled for Listeria

Large food recalls have recently forced consumers to throw away foods such as fresh vegetables and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. On October 20, 2017, Mann Packing Co. initiated a recall of almost 150 freshcut vegetable products distributed across both the U.S. and Canada – the recall was because […]

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Organic Tarragon recall linked to Salmonella

Organic Spices Inc. is recalling dried Organic Tarragon because of possible Salmonella contamination. The product was distributed in over 20 states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota. Organic Tarragon was sold to customers through retail stores and online. The recall was initiated when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered Salmonella on routine sampling of the raw material. Consumers can identify the recalled Organic […]

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Safe & Healthy: Listeria in frozen vegetables

There have been two national recalls recently of commercially frozen vegetables due to potential contamination with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. On August 26, 2015, General Mills recalled 60,000 packages of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The 10-ounce bags of frozen green beans […]

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Safe & Healthy: The Risks of Raw Milk and Raw Milk Cheese

My family enjoys biking together. This past weekend we did a 25-mile loop to Paoli and Verona and back to Madison.  It was a perfect summer day, and we passed a lot of dairy farms on our route. The cows on the farms seemed contented, and so were we.  Recent results released by the Centers […]

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Safe & Healthy: Best not to kiss your chickens

Health officials across the United States are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of the end of June, 2015, 181 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 40 states, with 33 people hospitalized as a result. The increased number of families […]

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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: 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 examples:   […]

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Safe & Healthy: Friendship Bread & Sourdough Starters

It wasn’t long ago that my daughter came home from school bearing a plastic bag with a mass of sticky dough and asked me to ‘feed it’ and bake bread for her class once it had grown ‘big and strong.’  My daughter knows that I am an avid bread baker, but this was  my first […]

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