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Thanksgiving Food Safety

Preventing food-borne illness may be an extra challenge during the holidays. Things can get hectic with the “big” meal preparation in the kitchen. Cross contamination although unintentional can make the difference of whether your holiday meal is one one of celebration or misery.

NOTE: There is a warning of a Salmonella outbreak this season (2018) with many turkey products, so it’s time to be extra caretul.

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Food Safety: Cancer Causing Food Additives?

 

What were these additives doing in our food supply in the first place? According to the article, they have been approved and used since 1964.

Nutrition textbooks offer this information:

Delaney Clause: A clause added to the 1958 Food Additives Amendment of the Pure Food and Drug Act that prohibits the intentional addition to any food of any compound that has been shown to induce cancer in animals or humans, at any dose.

Guess they missed these seven. Now we know what “artificial flavor” means on an ingredient list?

Despite the criticism of the term “clean eating” by some,  perhaps our food has become a little less “dirty”.

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How to Have a Very, Very Happy Thanksgiving


I wish everyone a Happy Thankful Thanksgiving to enjoy the wonderful food we all know and have loved for decades. However, the holiday can be so much better  when we know the foods we are eating are as safe as possible. As a microbiology person, I can’t help but remind everyone to follow some simple rules for not only a Happy Holiday but also be aware of  food safety from purchase to leftovers. Providing a Thanksgiving dinner for family or friends can be hectic and it is easy to make mistakes, for  example, forgetting about cross-contamination of foods in the kitchen. And with more helpers and distractions in the kitchen,  the risks can become even  unintentionally more common. Nevertheless, if you practice common sense food safety rules from purchase to leftovers,  you will have a very, very Happy Holiday.

Bon appétit and enjoy.

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How to Wash Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

 

Recently, fresh produce has been involved in some outbreaks of foodborne illness since they are often eaten raw. Protect against this by thorough washing before eating and store them properly.

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How Safe is That Food Truck?

Since the advent of food service via food trucks, new safety regulations are necessary to protect the consumer from food-borne illness.  Food trucks can provide some delicious food; however, food safety may be compromised. What should you watch for? Click HERE.