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Freezing and Food Safety

Foods in the freezer — are they safe? What Can You Freeze? You can freeze almost any food. Some exceptions are canned food or eggs in shells. However, once the food (such as a ham) is out of the can, you may freeze it. Being able to freeze food and being pleased with the quality…
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Expiration Dates

Production dates, shelf life, sell by dates, expiration dates and how to read them. Food Product Dating "Sell by Feb 14" is a type of information you might find on a meat or poultry product. Are dates required on food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date? Here…
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Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures & Cooking Guidelines

Never partially cook food and resume cooking later because you increase the risk of bacterial growth in the food. Bacteria are killed when foods reach a safe internal temperature. Do not use recipes in which eggs remain raw or are only partially cooked. Eggs should be prepared immediately after cracking. When possible, substitute pasteurized eggs…
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FOODBORNE ILLNESS: What You Need to Know

What Is Foodborne Illness? Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, often presents itself with flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, so many people may not recognize that the illness may be caused by bacteria or other pathogens in food. Thousands of types of bacteria are naturally present in our environment. Not all bacteria…
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