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    Food Safety Scientist

    Food -- a perfect medium to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. Pick and choose from a curriculum that incorporates real life experience into virtual and hands-on labs, classroom discussion guides, presentations and videos. Not only do students learn a STEM concept, they increase their awareness of food and agriculture careers that are related to the safety of the food supply.

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    Safe and Enjoyable Easter Eggs

    What is more iconically Easter than the Easter egg - the beautiful, delicious and perfect symbol of rebirth, renewal and new life? The Easter egg is a traditional part of the Easter season. It is painted, dyed and decorated for Easter baskets and egg hunts; it is made into salads and hors d’oeuvres and served at Easter dinners. The egg is a fun and versatile way to celebrate Easter, but it can also be a way to cause foodborne illness if not handled correctly. To keep your Easter celebrations safe and enjoyable make sure you practice proper food handling when it comes to eggs.

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    Cleaning Out Your Freezer: Food Safety and Food Quality

    When it comes to cleaning out your freezer the big question is “What to throw away and what to keep?” How do you determine if your stored food items should be kept or tossed? What if you have no idea when the item was purchased or stored? What if it is a recent purchase but it smells off? The answer lies in determining two questions: Is it safe? And is it desirable?

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    Cost of a Foodborne Illness

    Considering the cost of a foodborne illness is rather complex. The costs to individuals, families, workplace, tax payers and food distribution are substantial. These costs do not consider the ramifications of foodborne illness that you cannot put a price on such as the absence at a special event in your life, life-long health complications or loss of a loved one.

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    Pregnancy & Nutrition

    Women who are pregnant have additional nutrition needs to ensure proper health for the growing baby and themselves. Because of this, one of the first and most important things to do when you discover that you are pregnant is to set up regular prenatal visits with your physician. Your healthcare team will ensure that you and your baby are receiving proper care for a healthy pregnancy.

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    Make Ahead Comfort: Soups and stews for the freezer

    Is there anything more satisfying than coming home to a nice bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s evening? If only we had the time, right? Well what would you think if I told you that, even with our busy lives, we could have that home-cooked comfort at our own table – even on a weeknight? All it takes is a little planning and preparation.

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    Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting to Combat Illnesses During Flu Season

    The use of chlorine bleach to sanitize surfaces has been a common practice in homes, schools, childcare facilities as well as foodservice establishments.  Chlorine bleach is a very effective sanitizer and disinfectant on disease causing germs, bacteria, parasites and viruses  (including the flu virus). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.

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    Make Ahead Comfort: Soups and stews for the freezer

    Is there anything more satisfying than coming home to a nice bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s evening? If only we had the time, right? Well what would you think if I told you that, even with our busy lives, we could have that home-cooked comfort at our own table – even on a weeknight? All it takes is a little planning and preparation.

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    Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting to Combat Illnesses During Flu Season

    The use of chlorine bleach to sanitize surfaces has been a common practice in homes, schools, childcare facilities as well as foodservice establishments.  Chlorine bleach is a very effective sanitizer and disinfectant on disease causing germs, bacteria, parasites and viruses  (including the flu virus). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.

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    Food Safety Starts on the Farm

    Farmers are entrusted with the care of the animals that produce our food before it gets to our plates. Whether food is purchased in a grocery store, a farmers market, or directly from a farmer, the animals that produce the food have been provided the best possible care and handling throughout their lives to ensure the food supply is safe. The select iGrow articles will be added to as relevant topics are written discussing on-farm management practices that impact the safety of the food supply.

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    Safe and Quality Meat Preparation

    Meat provides protein and other essential nutrients to our diets, however, if not handled and prepared properly, it can also carry pathogens. Within this article are links to information about methods of preparing meat, handling meat safely, various cuts of meat, and other meat science topics. The select iGrow articles will be added to as relevant topics are written.

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    Drying Fruits and Vegetables and Herbs

    To maintain safety and quality, several factors must be considered when drying fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Keep in mind that specific food products often have recommendations that are unique to them. Drying removes the moisture from food so microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds are less likely to grow; however, drying does not effectively destroy them.

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    Selling Food Gifts Made at Home

    If you have a special recipe or canned jelly that people tell you is “good enough to sell!” and you would like to do just that to make a little holiday money, or if you have a bake sale or bazaar to organize for fundraising, these are some of the guidelines you should follow in order to comply with state regulations to sell your products.

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    Tis’ The Season of Raw Milk and Cream

    Consumers may seek out milk and cream fresh from the farm that has not been pasteurized or homogenized for many types of holiday dishes their family has enjoyed for years. Several of these dishes have a cooking step that brings the food to a temperature that will destroy the pathogens that may be present in raw milk.

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    Date Marketing Ready-to-Eat Refrigerated Foods from Licensed Kitchens

    Licensed foodservice establishments commonly prepare foods to be marketed as a packaged food item. Product dating for ready-to-eat (RTE), temperature controlled for safety foods must be marketed or consumed within a certain amount of time for safety. If a food is potentially hazardous and is held for at least 24 hours it must be labeled with a specific date for consumption or discarded.

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    Food Package Labeling

    Consider a trip to the grocery store and vast selection available to consumers in the ready-to-eat cereal isle, as well as other areas in the store. There is a lot of information available to consumers to help them make decisions for their meal options. To assist the food industry in communicating with consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration writes the Food Labeling Guide in compliance with the Federal Code of Regulations (Title 21).

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