Tag: salmonella

5 Chicken Kitchen Safety Tips

by in Food News, Food Safety, October 10, 2013

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After nearly 300 people became sick from salmonella in 18 states, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert. The culprit is raw chicken produced at three Foster Farms facilities in California. Luckily, proper handling of poultry can help prevent illness. To do so, make sure to follow these five food safety rules.

#1: Defrost Properly
Those days of defrosting on your counter top overnight are long gone. One bacterium can multiply to 1 billion over 10 hours—something you don’t want to fool around with. To properly defrost chicken, place it in the refrigerator on a tray the night before. If you have smaller pieces of chicken, you can defrost in the microwave (look for the “defrost” button), as long as you cook them immediately after.

#2: Store Chicken Properly
When placing raw chicken in the refrigerator, make sure it is wrapped and stored on a lower shelf. Only proper cooking can destroy the bacteria, so foods that will not be further cooked (like cheese, veggies or fruit) should be placed above the raw chicken so the chicken juices won’t drip on them.

#3: Skip the Rinsing
Could it be that Julia Child’s habit of rinsing chicken has stuck with us after all these years? A recent study conducted at Drexel University found that 90% of folks still do it! For the first time, in 2005, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans included food safety, and they advise against rinsing chicken before cooking. The reason is that those chicken juices get all over the place—other dishes, the inside of the sink and the counter tops–creating a bacterial playground.

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The Egg Crisis: What You Need to Know

by in Food News, August 27, 2010

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As of this week, half a billion eggs were recalled, making this the biggest egg recall in recent history. Three hundred salmonella-related illnesses have been reported around the country. But don’t panic — we’ve got the facts! Here’s what you need to know about salmonella, plus egg-handling tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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What To Do When Food's Recalled

by in Food Safety, Healthy Tips, April 27, 2009

One day it’s spinach, the next day it’s peanuts. Today, it’s pistachios and alfafa sprouts! No food seems to be safe from food-borne pathogens these days. You may hear about food scares and recalls on the news. And when you do, listen up.

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Peanut Butter Recall

by in Food News, Food Safety, January 27, 2009

If you go nuts for peanut butter, you may need to find another favorite — at least for the time being. In case you haven’t heard the news, another salmonella outbreak has hit the U.S. (and Canada), and peanut butter is the source. This time both human and pet foods are on the hit list.

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