Source of E. coli Outbreak Remains a Mystery (Romaine Lettuce OK to Consume)

Canadian officials have declared an illness outbreak linked to romaine lettuce over, and, while U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens, officials acknowledge that there is little remaining danger from this outbreak and consumers no longer need to avoid leafy greens (including romaine […]

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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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Orange Cream Bar Recall due to Listeria

Orange Cream bars sold under the Meijer/Purple Cow label are being recalled due to the possibility of product contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream bars are being recalled in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Tops brand Orange Cream bars sold in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont are under the […]

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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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Food Safety During, and After, a Power Outage

The weather has caused power outages across the United States already this year. There are certain things that you can do to before, during and after a power outage to help keep your family food-safe. Prepare Yourself Before Power Emergencies Make sure you have appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer. Check to ensure that […]

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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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Keep Black Friday for Shopping by Handling Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

No one wants to have to have holiday time with family and friends overshadowed by a foodborne illness, especially after the Thanksgiving day feast. There are some easy steps to keeping the ‘happy’ in holidays. Keep food out of the Danger Zone: Bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40°F and 140°F. That is what […]

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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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