I 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.