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New Government Website Helps You Avoid Ickiness

By Amy Kuras |

eh_eggsI have yet to poison anyone with my cooking, but I am always concerned with issues of food safety (to the point of annoying both my husband and my father no end – a typical family dinner features my sister-in-law the nurse and I shrieking “Dad! You had raw chicken on that plate! Don’t put the cooked – oh for the love of Pete, we’re all going to get salmonella.”).

And now that I have two little eaters in my house, it’s all the more important. Not only is dealing with a kid with a stomach bug unpleasant, but they can get a lot sicker than we can from food-borne illnesses.

A new website called FoodSafety.gov aims to help parents and well, everybody stay on top of the latest food recalls, as well as provides a handy, all-in-one place where you can look up food safety gudlines like how long to store food in the refrigerator or freezer. There’s also a handy chart of minimum food temperatures, among other things, and right now the main feature is about packing a safe school lunch. It’s a project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the US Department of Agriculture among other agencies.

And if you’re truly paranoid, there’s even a handy widget you can grab for yourself that scrolls all the latest food recalls.

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One thought on “New Government Website Helps You Avoid Ickiness

  1. mommiedear says:

    I think this is a great idea! We should have some sort of alert system to help protect ourselves from all these food related diseases and epidemics. We often talk about our inner most feeling on how safety is a facotr for us for our children and yet the most common and thing to be taken for granted we forget to keep in min. as you read on sites like http://www.truuconfessions.com!

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