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Apple Cider Safety

Fall is here, the apple harvest is in full swing and that means it’s time for cider! I do enjoy apple cider, but am cautious because it has been involved in a number of foodborne illness outbreaks. Apple cider is … Continue reading

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What’s Growing in Your Lunch Box?

Many of us pack a lunch for work every day and soon we will start packing lunches for children going back to school. One of the fun things I remember about back-to-school shopping was picking out a lunch box for … Continue reading

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Ice, Ice, Safety

(Sorry, that was a little bit corny!) Do you ever think of ice as a food product? We often think of ice as a way to keep food cold or to cool food down . . . but that ice … Continue reading

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A Canning Jar is a Canning jar? Right?

Nope. Wrong. Not all “canning jars” are created equal. Canning jars, sometimes called Mason jars, are a hot trend these days. They are everywhere – from a rebirth of home canning to decorations for weddings and picnics and even countertop … Continue reading

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A “Meaty” Subject

Have you ever been in the grocery store and picked up a package of bright red hamburger? What do you do when the steak that you bought for dinner has an iridescent look to it? We live in a world … Continue reading

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Dish Cloths, Sponges and Totes- Oh My!

We all know that handwashing is the best thing we can do to help prevent foodborne illness, but what about all of the other surfaces in the kitchen? Towels, dish cloths, and sponges that are not clean can quickly transfer … Continue reading

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Safe Picnics & Cook-Outs

  Memorial Day Weekend, which traditionally marks the beginning of summer, is almost here and many of you will probably celebrate with picnics and cook-outs. This time of year also marks the re-emergence of some questionable food safety behaviors. If … Continue reading

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