What is Cyclospora, anyway?

If you’ve looked at the news at all in recent weeks, you’ve most likely seen headlines about an outbreak of the parasite Cyclospora. Over 400 people have gotten sick due to an outbreak associated with pre-made salad mixes.

But what is Cyclospora? What does it mean to have eaten a pathogenic parasite? Unlike some […]

Safe selling at the farmers market

Though National Farmers Market Week is coming to a close, the farmers market season is still well underway. In fact, as farmers markets become an increasingly popular way to get fresh farm goodies, some continue year-round.

And just like commercial kitchens, home kitchens, food production and processing plants and anywhere else where food can be […]

Happy Hot Dog Month!

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is perhaps the biggest advocate around for the U.S.’s favorite tubular meat: the hot dog. The council has declared the month of July as National Hot Dog Month, and ever since their decree originated, other countries around the world have joined the festivities.

If you participate in one […]

Apparently, we wash our hands wrong 97% of the time

The process is simple. Water. Soap. Some soft scrubbing, while humming a 20-second-long “Happy Birthday” like many experts recommend. Follow it up by drying with a clean towel. You can do it right, but handwashing needs to be done at specific times to avoid the spread of bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety […]

How to use your pizza pouch the food safety way

The pizza pouch: just one of many gag gifts to go viral on the Internet.

These clear, plastic, zip-locked triangular pouches hung from lanyards are worn around the neck and are the perfect size to carry a single slice of pizza. Whether as a fashion statement or to provide a tasty snack on-the-go, the idea […]

Your kitchen towel might be chock full of bacteria

The very tool you use to keep your environment clean might just be stabbing you in the back, in terms of sanitation.

The towel you rely on to wipe up spills, clean up countertops and dry your dishes may, in fact, just be spreading germs around, depending on a few key factors. A new study […]

8 DIY spring cleaning tips

Yes, spring is nearly over in the Northern Hemisphere — but it’s not too late for the deep clean your kitchen needs after a long winter. We’ve compiled some do-it-yourself cleaning tips to help prepare your food prep spaces for a great summer.

Refrigerator: With our busy lives, we rarely find the time to clean […]

Beef, barbecue and burgers: Cooking safely

May is a big month: It’s Hamburger Month, Beef Month and Barbecue Month (and not to mention Chocolate Custard Month, Salsa Month and Egg Month).

With so many foods to celebrate this month, especially burgers and barbecue, we figure it’s a good time to recap some grilling safety facts:

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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 […]