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Keep Your Summer Cookouts Safe

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, July 9, 2017 – Backyard barbecues are a seasonal staple, but summer heat makes it extra important to keep food safety in mind. Bacteria grow faster at temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, increasing your risk for foodborne illnesses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Fortunately, there are a lot of steps consumers can take to keep family and friends from becoming ill," the FDA's Marjorie Davidson said in an agency news release. Davidson is education team leader in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. For starters, make sure your hands are clean. Before you cook or eat, wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If there's no sink available, use a water jug, soap and some paper towels. Or clean your hands with moist, disposable towelettes, the FDA advised. These steps will also help prevent foodborne illness: Don't ... Read more

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Health Tip: Packing for a Picnic

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Picnicking is lots of fun, but nothing can ruin your outdoor meal faster than a nasty case of food poisoning. The Foodsafety.gov website explains how to reduce your risk: Pack any meat, seafood, poultry, sandwiches, summer salads, fruit, veggies and dairy products in a cold cooler. Fill the cooler with ice to help it stay colder longer. Store it in a shady spot. Avoid opening the cooler to help food stay longer. Read more

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Think Safety First When Dining Outdoors

Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 – When you're hosting picnics in the park or patio barbecues, you might be totally focused on creating the menu and doing your grocery shopping. But how you prepare, transport and serve those special dishes is just as important to avoid foodborne illnesses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whether eating on your patio or packing food to go, remember to keep raw meat, chicken and seafood separate from other foods to avoid cross-contamination. Marinate food in the fridge, not on your counter. Avoid drips on the way to the grill and throw out any liquid left in the bowl you used. Wash platters and utensils used on raw meat before using them for cooked foods. Get in the habit of using a food thermometer when grilling to test for doneness, and then keep hot foods hot by moving them to the sides of the grill rack. Keep cold foods well chilled. At ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Over a Stomach Virus

Posted 10 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- After a gastrointestinal virus makes your stomach sensitive and you feel nauseated, avoid heavy foods that can worsen your symptoms. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these easy-on-your-tummy foods: Bananas. Rice and plain potatoes. Plain applesauce. Plain dry toast. Saltine crackers. Clear broth. Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing Nutritious Meals

Posted 4 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Preparing a week's worth of meals on the weekends ensures that you have a steady supply of nutritious offerings. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Grocery shopping on Saturdays, and cooking food for the week on Sundays. Most food will stay safe three-to-four days in the refrigerator. Divide cooked food into portions, store in small containers and immediately refrigerate. Don't leave food on the counter to cool. Reheat only the portion for that night's meal, rather than the whole dish. You can't always see, smell or taste spoiled food. If you're not sure if it's safe to eat, throw it out. Read more

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U.S. Health Officials Make Headway Against Salmonella

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – A new government report that lists the top offenders for food poisoning shows that U.S. health officials have made progress against salmonella infections. In 2016, there was an 18 percent drop in illnesses caused by this common type of bacteria, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tougher regulations and more vaccinations of chickens most likely explain the decrease, the researchers said. "We are making progress in detecting and responding more quickly to foodborne illness, but our priority remains preventing illnesses from happening in the first place," said Susan Mayne. She directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "The final rules we are implementing under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act focus on prevention, and we will continue to work closely with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eating Lunch at Work

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Eating at the job? Make sure you don't ignore food-safety rules. Here are suggestions from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer, before and after you eat. Don't allow your lunch or leftovers to be unrefrigerated for more than two hours. If you're eating leftovers, reheat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Store perishable foods in the refrigerator, set to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you re-use the same lunch bag, wash it frequently. Don't let frozen foods thaw on the countertop. Defrost them in the microwave or refrigerator. Read more

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Health Tip: Freezing Food

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Freezing food helps avoid the growth of germs, allowing perishables to last longer than if they were refrigerated. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions for freezing food safely: Make sure your freezer is set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Confirm the temperature with an appliance thermometer. While you can freeze just about anything except canned foods or eggs in shells, some foods (such as lettuce, cream sauces or mayonnaise) may not maintain quality. Store food in freezer-safe bags, heavy plastic containers or heavyweight aluminum foil. Date and label foods before storing in the freezer. Use older foods before newer ones to help thwart freezer burn. Read more

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Health Tip: Buying Eggs

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Before bringing home a carton of eggs, check them in the store to be sure they're safe to eat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises: Only buy pasteurized eggs/egg products. Make sure the package has the USDA inspection mark. Inspect the package to make sure it's tightly sealed. If buying frozen egg products, make sure there are no signs of thawing. Make sure all refrigerated egg products are stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Inspect dried egg products for signs of hardening or caking. Read more

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Health Tip: Store Cooking Oils Correctly

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A heart-healthy cooking oil – such as olive, walnut or avocado oil – can help in preparing nutritious meals. But be careful how you store it. The Cleveland Clinic explains: Exposure to light or heat over time can affect an oil's taste. So store it in a cool, dark place. If your oil begins to taste a bit off, toss it and buy a fresh bottle. Grapeseed and walnut oils should be stored in the refrigerator. They can quickly become rancid. It's safe to store most oils in the refrigerator. Though they may appear cloudy, that effect disappears when an oil reaches room temperature. Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Food-Safety Mistakes

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The wrong habits in the kitchen could mean putting you and your family at greater risk for food-borne illness. Here are popular habits to avoid, courtesy of the foodsafety.gov website: Don't rely on tasting or smelling food to determine if it's still safe. If there's any doubt, throw it out. Don't put cooked meat on a plate that held raw meat, or put marinade used on raw meat on cooked meat. Don't allow food to thaw or marinate at room temperature. Don't wash raw meat, poultry or eggs in the sink, which can splash harmful bacteria around the kitchen. Don't eat raw cookie dough or any food that contains uncooked flour or eggs. Don't serve undercooked meat, poultry or eggs. Don't forget to wash your hands before or after handling food. Read more

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Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food

Posted 18 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Some new parents enjoy making homemade baby food. But it's important to follow safety guidelines to help prevent food poisoning. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Thoroughly wash your hands, as well as any utensils and containers that will be used to prepare and store baby food. Wash all produce, and carefully peel and remove all pits and seeds. Use caution with produce grown close to the ground, which may harbor germs. Steam or microwave vegetables until soft, then puree. Never add salt, honey or corn syrup. Never add egg whites until after the child's first birthday. Always make sure egg whites are well cooked. Thoroughly cook all meat, eggs and poultry. Immediately refrigerate or freeze baby food in a sealed container after cooking. It can be stored one-to-two days in the refrigerator, or three-to four months in the freezer. Add a dated label so you know the food is ... Read more

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US Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies. It's an issue that many people do not know exists, even though it may already affect them, the groups warned in a new report. "We want to get the message out that climate change is affecting people's health right now," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty. She's director of the group collective the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. More frequent and more intense heat waves raise the risk of heat-related illness, for example. Climate change can also exacerbate heart and lung conditions, including asthma and emphysema, said Sarfaty, who's also director of Program on Climate and Health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. And, it can feed the spread of insect-borne infections, such as Lyme disease and Zika, and even contribute ... Read more

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Health Tip: Clean Your Refrigerator

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A clean refrigerator can help prevent food-related illness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Immediately clean up spilled juices, particularly from raw meat. To defrost, always put uncooked meat on the bottom shelf inside a container with a lid. Use warm, soapy water and a sponge to clean shelves, drawers and other surfaces. Avoid spray cleaners. Dry with a clean paper towel or cloth. Clean the door handle frequently. Place an open box of baking soda inside your fridge to absorb odors. Change it every three months. Wipe away dust from the front grill of your refrigerator to keep it working efficiently. Read more

Related support groups: Gastrointestinal Disorders, Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Reheat Food Safely

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Leftovers are a great way to enjoy a healthy, easy meal that you've already spent time to prepare. But, thorough reheating is important to avoid food poisoning. The Foodsafety.gov website advises: Only reheat and eat leftovers that were stored properly, within two hours of cooking. Do not use a slow cooker to reheat food. When reheating in a microwave, make sure your food is covered and is evenly distributed. Use a food thermometer to make sure food is re-heated to 165 degrees. Read more

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