USDA Food Safety

USDA Food Safety


Food Safety and Inspection Service educates consumers about the importance of safe food handling & how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illness.

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Can I cook the turkey the day before Thanksgiving? YES! Remember to: ✔️ Cook all the way through to 165°F. ✔️ Carve the meat off & store in small shallow containers. ✔️ Reheat to at least 165°F before serving.

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Today, we are in Spencer, Iowa, hiring Food Inspectors to join the #FoodSafety  team. Get additional details at

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Compared to other age groups, #children  under the age of 5 have the highest incidences of foodborne illnesses. Do you know how to protect your family from foodborne illness? Check your steps at: #foodsafety 

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"Best if Used By" is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Here’s what you need to know about food product dating:

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One more week to share your best main dish in the 30 Minute Meals Safe Recipe Contest sponsored by the @Fight_BAC  . Include food safety instructions, to help prevent the spread of foodborne illness. Enter here, before August 17:

#Recall: Faribault Foods Inc. Recalls Canned Soup Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Cooking Not-Ready-To-Eat frozen foods like stuffed poultry, chicken strips or chicken nuggets, in a microwave is not recommended. Use a conventional oven to make sure that your food cooks evenly and confirm your food is done with a food thermometer.

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For safety, always use a food thermometer to check the doneness of whole poultry in 3 places: (1) thickest part of the breast, (2) innermost part of the wing, and, (3) innermost part of the thigh.

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Food Safety Tip: Leftovers are only safe for 4 days in the fridge. After that they may begin to spoil. If you don’t plan to use your leftovers soon, freeze them! They are best 2-3 months in the freezer.

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Hurricane Florence is likely to cause major flooding in many areas. After a flood: – DO NOT EAT food that may have touched flood water. – DISCARD food not in waterproof containers. – DISCARD damaged cans. – DISCARD cardboard juice, milk & baby formula. #Florence 

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Never eat foods that have touched flood water. Even canned goods could become contaminated. #HurricaneHarvery 

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Outbreak Alert: Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more. If you don’t know if it’s romaine or can’t confirm the source, don’t eat it.

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Washing, rinsing and/or marinating meat or poultry in saltwater, lemon juice or vinegar will not destroy bacteria! Only cooking to a proper internal temperature will kill harmful bacteria. Always use your food thermometer to check! #FoodSafety ?️

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60% of participants contaminated their sinks after washing their chicken during our study. What’s the big deal? 14% still had bacteria in their sinks after they attempted to clean. If you remember from our last study, bacteria can linger on surfaces for up to 32 hours! ?

Did you meal prep on Sunday? Cooked food is only safe for 3-4 days when stored in the refrigerator. A safer alternative is meal prepping at the beginning of the week & then again in the middle of the week! Your food will be fresh AND safe. #FoodSafety 

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