South Dakota is no stranger to power outages and power surges due to blizzards, ice storms and related weather conditions. If the power in your area of the state has experienced intermittent or complete loss of electrical power, or power surges, check all freezers occasionally to be sure they work properly.
The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab (ADRDL) at SDSU has a specific lab dedicated to food safety testing for smaller family businesses like the local locker plant. It’s a very natural fit. Most foodborne germs are very similar to those the lab routinely diagnoses in cases of animal disease. They already possess the people, equipment, and most importantly the knowledge to rapidly and accurately detect these germs in food.
The term “food waste” has become more popular in the press, however it is not necessarily a new term. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations identified food losses within its mandate when established in 1945. The scope of food loss and waste continues to be a priority for the FAO as well as many other organizations, government agencies, and the private sector.
As South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions impacting more than half the state, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information.
The SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist works closely with food entrepreneurs across the state to assist them in addressing safety, regulatory and other types of product development needs. Since 2002, this position has been very successfully occupied by Dr. Joan Hegerfeld-Baker who has decided to retire as of March 21, 2016. Food entrepreneurs have several options to connect with resources within South Dakota, as well as other states, while this position is being filled.
For many people, oysters are an added delicacy during the holidays, while others enjoy year round. The consumption of raw oysters has increased in popularity over the years, the Upper Midwest is no exception. Therefore, high-risk individuals are advised to not eat raw oysters – consume only those that have been thoroughly cooked.
The holidays often involve preparing turkey. Planning ahead to safely prepare and roast a turkey will relieve some of the cooking stress associated with the holidays. When purchasing a fresh or frozen turkey, allow one pound of turkey per person. Frozen turkeys require several days to thaw. Thaw in the refrigerator (40 degrees or below), allow about 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds.
Home canning of pumpkin butter and mashed or pureed pumpkin and winter squash is not recommended by the USDA. Pumpkin butter recipes often have acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice, added to reduce the pH level below 4.6 (a level at which the pathogen Clostridium botulinum will not grow). Food safety concerns related to pumpkin butter were studied by the University of Missouri in 1995.
Fall is here and apple-picking season has started. A fresh glass of apple cider is enjoyed by many this time of year. It is not only delicious, but also nutritious – providing many essential nutrients with each glass. Unfortunately fresh, unpasteurized, apple cider has been implicated in foodborne illness outbreaks across the nation.
Drinking fresh apple cider is a great way to celebrate autumn. Making it yourself can be an even greater treat, but there are some tips to keep in mind to keep your cider safe. Avoid using apples that have visible signs of decay or mold growth. Apples used for cider don’t have to be flawless, but they do need to be free from spoilage. Cut out any spoilage areas as the spoiled areas will cause the juice to ferment and will ruin the cider.