USDA Issues Warning to Stay Food Safe on Independence Day

  The United States Department of Agriculture reminds Americans every year of the importance of food safety during Independence Day Weekend. Although celebrations across America will be different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, abiding by food safety suggestions is as important as ever. The USDA recognizes that there is an increase in foodborne illness during the summer due to warmer temperatures and extended time spent outside. In addition, this year in particular could have many first-time cooks who may not know important food safety practices. The USDA provided the following food safety tips in their recent press release:…

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What the Fight Over the New Study Exonerating Meat Says About Understanding And Following Medical Guidelines

Vegan and vegetarian diets are increasingly popular for reasons related to health, eco-consciousness, and animal welfare. The desire to lead an eco-friendly and humane lifestyle is certainly admirable, but those opting for meat-free diets strictly based on health may want to reconsider based on emerging evidence. Conflicting information can make it seem impossible to maintain a healthy diet, but we’re here to help. Keep reading for more information. Red Meat May Not Be So Unhealthy After All Experts have long contended that red meat is best avoided, or, at least, used less often. This medical ‘fact’ is now being called…

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New AHA Study Indicates Energy Drinks Have Serious Health Consequences

Energy drinks like RedBull and Monster are popular today because they are a convenient way to get a rush of energy in a short amount of time. However, for years, many physicians and health experts have cautioned against consuming energy drinks, as the health effects are still unclear. Now, thanks to a new study from the American Heart Association, there is more evidence that suggests energy drinks have a significantly negative impact on cardiac health and other bodily functions. Too Much Caffeine At Once The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that the caffeine content in a typical energy drink…

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Practice Food Safety This Memorial Day Weekend

Now that summer is here, it is time for picnics and BBQ’s in the beautiful weather– but be careful to not let food poisoning spoil the fun. The USDA would like to remind people that summer is the season with the highest prevalence of food-borne disease. This is because illness-causing bacteria thrive at warm summer temperatures, and as people begin eating outdoors more frequently, food is exposed to less sanitary conditions. For example, the CDC states that Salmonella, which causes 1 million food-borne illnesses annually, occurs more in the summer due to poor food storage and preservation. Additionally, while most food-borne…

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Game Day Food Safety Tips

The Super Bowl may be over, but the threat of bacteria in your game day food is far from gone! The buffet, potluck-style format of gatherings during big sports events can be a breeding ground for germs and illnesses. Proper food safety is key to staying safe during your next game day. Follow these tips for a stress-free sports party! Always Practice Cleanliness Not paying enough attention to cleanliness can lead to the spread of bacteria in game day food. You don’t want to share the dip with someone who doesn’t wash their hands! Always remember to properly clean your…

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Food Safety Education Month – Key Things to Know

Foodborne illness is no joke; every year, these diseases strike one in six Americans. Of these, 128,000 end up in the hospital and at least 3,000 die. During Food Safety Education Month, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerts Americans to the risks everyday meals can pose. This year, don’t ignore the problem; read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones. Food Should Be Cooked And Served at the Right Temperature You regularly check the temperature of meals while cooking, but what about when serving a meal? Both are important. According to…

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What Are Common Foodborne Illnesses in the US?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) coordinate food recalls each year for products tainted with dangerous pathogens. There are incidents where guests have become ill after eating tainted food at restaurants. Foodborne illnesses are responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the US each year. Depending on which illness you contract, you could experience symptoms that range from vomiting to paralysis. Common foodborne illnesses in the US include but are not limited to: Listeriosis: Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious bacterial infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk,…

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