Winging it for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday, the day of the annual championship game of the National Football League, may as well be a national holiday with the number of people who gather to celebrate football — and watch the famously funny and/or tear-jerking television ads that air during the game.

Chicken wings are the top menu item for […]

Food safety when the power goes out: Winter edition

Heavy storms can cause power outages no matter the season. When summer heat is in full force, torrential rainstorms can knock out power lines like they were nothing, just as rapidly accumulating snow and ice can do the same in winter.

Winter power outages come with their own unique challenges, however. When heavy snow and […]

Before your holiday vacation, remember to clean the office fridge

Of course you clean your fridge — who doesn’t? You regularly wipe down surfaces and throw out old food. But what about the office fridge?

It’s easy to neglect the office fridge. It doesn’t really belong to anybody, so who should be responsible for cleaning it? But the office fridge is just as likely to […]

Holiday season brings increased risk of food poisoning

It’s time for the holidays, and you know what that means — an increase in outbreaks of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridium perfringens!

Okay, maybe you didn’t know that. Well, so that you do know, C. perfringens is a strain of bacteria associated with cooked foods left out at room temperature. According to the U.S. Centers […]

Thanksgiving: why you may not want to stuff your turkey this year

Did you know stuffing ingredients may differ depending on where you are? If you’re Canadian or live in the northernmost U.S. states, you may use bread crumbs or rice. Southern regions sometimes use cornbread, and eastern coastal areas often use oysters.

Regardless of the recipe you use, the great thing about stuffing is that it’s […]

Apple cider safety this fall

It seems every time of the year has its own special drinks. Summer has cool, refreshing lemonade. Winter has hot chocolate, eggnog and anything that will chase away the cold. Autumn has its pumpkin spice lattes, sure, but before pumpkin spice, there was apple cider.

Did you know you can make apple cider at home? […]

Reminder: clean your fridge this weekend

Imagine the inside of your refrigerator. So many shelves, drawers, trays and cubbies, all with their own corners and crevices. Now imagine all of the food that could get stuck in the nooks and crannies: ketchup splatters, sandwich crumbs, raw meat juices… we could go on.

Sounds nasty, huh? But for many of us, the […]

Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

The sniff test of self-recognition confirmed: Dogs have self-awareness — National Research Tomsk State University While domestic dogs have been found to be pretty good at social cognitive tasks, they’ve not yet managed to pass […]

Evaluate your food safety habits this Food Safety Education Month

Image courtesy the CDC

To many people, September is the month kids go back to school, leaves begin to turn red, and orange and black take over grocery store displays despite Halloween still being two months away.

It’s also, believe it or not, Food Safety Education Month, a time for everyone to educate themselves […]

Camping food safety: Mexican food-style

Camping as a vacation option is growing in popularity, especially in the U.S. Nearly one million people took up camping for the first time in 2016, according to a survey sponsored by Kampgrounds of America.

Many of these campers indulged in the usual camping fare: hot dogs, sausages, grilled veggies and kabobs, among other things. […]