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Food Safety

You've gone through all the efforts to plan your meals and choose the healthiest foods and ingredients. Don't forget about food safety. You want to keep your foods safe when you serve them and when you store them.

Food Safety at Picnics and Barbecues
Outdoor gatherings usually mean snacks and other foods. But anything that's perishable needs to be kept at the proper temperature to avoid spoilage. Here are plenty of tips for keeping your picnic or barbecue foods safe and for preventing foodborne illness.

Food Poisoning Signs and Symptoms
Food poisoning occurs when foods are not processed, prepared and stored properly. Most of the time it results in digestive issues only, but sometimes food poisoning can be more serious. Here's a list of symptoms to look for.

What is Food Irradiation?
Foods can be irradiated to kill microbes that cause foodborne illness. Read more about food irradiation.

How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables
I know your fruits and vegetables look clean when you buy them, but they're probably in need of a bath. Wash your fresh produce so you don't eat the bugs, dirt, bacteria and chemical residues that come with them.

What is Pasteurization and is Raw Milk Safe to Drink?
Milk is pasteurized to killed bacteria and extend shelf life. Some critics say it harms the nutritional value of milk, but research evidence doesn't back up that claim. Learn more about pasteurization of milk.

How are Eggs Inspected for Salmonella in the United States?
Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella so they must be inspected. I've got the story on how eggs in the United States are inspected, and a few food safety tips for avoiding any food borne illness.

Eggs and Food Safety
Follow the best food safety practices with eggs to prevent food-borne illness from salmonella bacteria. Here are some tips to keep your eggs safe.

Prepare an Emergency Food Pantry
Natural disasters can leave you without electricity for a few days. I've got some tips on how to prepare for emergencies as well as how to keep your food and water safe during those times when your power goes out.

Do Veggie Burgers Contain Hexane?
Hexane is used as a solvent to extract vegetable oil from seeds used for the oil. Sometimes a rumor circulates about hexane contaminating vegetarian foods. Veggie burgers don't contain hexane, but you can still learn how this rumor started.

What You Need to Know About Avoiding Food Chemicals
Processed foods are often made with some ingredients that are synthesized in labs. Most of these chemicals are safe in small amounts, but it's understandable that many people may wish to avoid chemicals in foods. I've got tips for you to find and eliminate them.

Best Products for Avoiding Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A (BPA) is released when certain types of plastic are heated. Some types of plastics are safer than others and I've got a list of products that are BPA-free.

Are Genetically Engineered Foods Bad For Your Health?
Genetically modified organisms have had a little evolutionary help from modern science. They're becoming common in our food supply, but are they safe? Learn more.

What is Nitrogen Flushing?
Nitrogen flushing is a method used to preserve freshness in some types of packaged foods. You know those puffy snack chip bags? They're filled with nitrogen, not oxygen, so the food inside remains fresh longer.

Is Gulf Coast Seafood Safe?
The British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill resulted in personal tragedy and loss of lives. It also affected the environment along the coasts and there may still be some concerns about the safety of eating the sea creatures who inhabit the area. Learn more.

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