Safety tips for fun fall food

The autumn season is never complete without typical fall fun including trips to apple orchards, cider mills and local farmer’s markets. While purchasing locally-grown and produced fresh fruit, juices, vegetables, and other foods have grown more popular as of late, concerns about the safety of the items have come into question.

According to a recently […]

Beauty is in the eye of the USDA

Magazines have been known to Photoshop individuals nearly beyond recognition in order to achieve a sense of perfection and beauty. The images in the magazines and print ads depict a person in their peak physical shape with not a blemish in sight. This is a uniquely human trait—or is it?

Fruit and vegetables can be […]

Get in the know with the Monday Links

Can you believe it, we’re already at our last Monday Links for July! This year is going by quickly—and lots of news, too. Read below for your latest in food safety, toxicology and agricultural news.

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Is cooking food in the dishwasher considered safe?

I am pretty addicted to cooking shows, which is kind of ironic considering I have only mastered two recipes (homemade macaroni and cheese and dragon noodles). If you were to ever turn on my TV, or pay attention to my OnDemand habits, it’s all about food, food, food and more food. But in all that […]

The superfruit that may end starvation, blindness

A tomato is a fruit (but legally a vegetable), an eggplant is a berry, and a strawberry is not a berry, but an avocado is and…this is all very difficult to keep up with. While technical definitions of fruit (er, vegetables?) may be hard to understand, there are some things that are pretty easy. A […]

Safety matters: Poultry

In the United Kingdom (UK) this week, we are celebrating Food Safety Week (June 16–22). This year, the annual awareness campaign is focused on the safety of raw chicken and foodborne pathogen risks from not storing, preparing or handling properly.

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How to: Storing vegetables, part two

There are so many vegetables out there that we had to break our vegetable storage guide into two posts. Missed our first one? No worries. Check it out here. You should also probably check out our storage guide for fruits too!

We’ll get right to it: your essential flowered, podded, bulb and stem and root […]

Safety matters: Vegetables

Myth: Foodborne pathogens are only of concern when dealing with raw meat products.

Fact: Foodborne pathogens are of concern with any raw product, including vegetables. These are all pathogens we know, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes … the list goes on and on. These foods are healthy, and we’re encouraged to eat a lot […]

How to: Storing vegetables, leafy greens edition

Unlike most children, I was really good at eating my vegetables. My mom likes to tell me of the time when I was about six or seven that I ate several bowls of green beans at a restaurant instead of the actual dinner. As an adult, I still eat vegetables and include a healthy serving […]

USDA to host fruits and vegetables Codex meeting

Those interested in commenting on fresh fruit and vegetable agenda items slated for submission to an international food standards body soon will have the opportunity to do so.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has slated a public meeting from 1 to 3 p.m., January 30 at the USDA headquarters […]