Food Safety Tips For Worry Free Memorial Day Celebrations!

Warm sunny skies, lazy weekends and friends and family around for celebrating good times could be a recipe for food poisoning as we prepare for summertime cookouts.

Meat on the grill, potato salads, seafood, dairy products and veggies are summer food staples that can become spoiled, cross-contaminated and rancid in the summer heat.

Safe handling, cleanliness, proper storage and proper temperature management are keys to safe celebrations.

48 million people in the U.S. will contract a foodborne illness this year and many of these cases will happen this summer.

Follow a few simple safe handling techniques to keep your family and friends safe and healthy.

The Surprising Health Culprit in Raw Cookie Dough

Resist the urge to eat raw cookie dough.

While most concerns are over raw eggs in the mixture the real danger may lie in the flour.

Flour doesn’t go through the kind of special processing to kill off pathogens that ingredients like pasteurized eggs, molasses, sugar, baking soda, and margarine do.

When the researchers visited manufacturing plants where the cookie batter was being made their suspicions were confirmed: they found E coli in the samples they collected at the plants, according to the report which was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The higher incidence of baking during the holiday season can increase the risk of contamination.

Use safe cooking, preparation and clean-up methods for healthy celebrations.

Contaminated Peanut Butter Recalled

Smucker’s peanut butter recalled for Salmonella contamination.

The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have “Best if Used By” dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, plus the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.
Smucker says 3,000 jars are being recalled from stores. Another 16,000 had never left warehouses.
Salmonella is bacteria resulting in fever, cramps and diarrhea that lasts for several days and can require hospitalization.
Smucker says no illnesses have been reported.

Salmonella Outbreak leads to the Recall of 36 Million lbs. of Turkey

The Agriculture Department and the Minnesota-based company announced Wednesday evening that Cargill is recalling fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2 due to possible contamination from the strain of salmonella linked to 76 illnesses and the one death.

Illnesses in the outbreak date back to March and have been reported in 26 states coast to coast. Just before the recall announcement Wednesday, CDC epidemiologist Christopher Braden said he thought health authorities were closing in on the suspect. He said some leftover turkey in a package at a victim’s house was confirmed to contain the strain of salmonella linked to the outbreak.

In announcing the recall, Cargill officials said all ground turkey production has been suspended at the Springdale plant until the company is able to determine the source of the contamination.

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