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  • Meat hanging

    Expect temporary changes in the meat case

    Published on May 7, 2020

    The meat case is likely to look different for a period of time due to supply chain disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes the infectious disease COVID-19.

  • Man assessing a septic tank

    Be careful what you flush

    Published on April 9, 2020

    Flushing wipes and other items used for disinfection can damage wastewater treatment systems.

  • Hands washing

    Clean, sanitize and disinfect

    Published on April 2, 2020

    Understand the difference between clean, sanitize and disinfect and the best situation to use each method.

  • Building a HACCP team

    Published on March 2, 2020

    A good HACCP plan consists of more than one person writing something down and filing it in a binder to collect dust on the shelf.

  • Glass of orange juice surrounded by sliced oranges.

    Juice industry regulations to concentrate on

    Published on December 12, 2018

    Manufacturers of packaged juice need state licensing, production in a commercial kitchen, correct labeling and most likely a food safety plan along with a Process Authority Review to sell their product in Michigan.

  • Decorated Christmas cookies.

    Keep treats safe this holiday

    Published on November 29, 2018

    Be conscious of food allergies, choking hazards and food safety while baking with your family and friends this holiday season.

  • Tea in a mug on a bed.

    Food safety aspects of kombucha

    Published on November 20, 2018

    Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, has commonly overlooked potential food safety consequences.

  • Man holding rifle in woods.

    Deer carcass safety

    Published on November 8, 2018

    Keep a deer carcass safe while at camp or in transport.

  • Roasted turkey in roasting pan.

    Turkey tips from the USDA

    Published on November 1, 2018

    Following these tips from the USDA can prevent the spreading of foodborne illnesses.

  • Clear, plastic food containers in fridge.

    Happy Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day!

    Published on October 30, 2018

    Nov. 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, nobody is sure where this “holiday” originated from, but the goal is to clean and organize your refrigerator.

  • Chicken, broccoli and rice leftover in pan.

    Enjoy leftover food safely

    Published on October 9, 2018

    Properly reheating leftover or take-out food can prevent foodborne bacteria from making you sick.

  • Squash and pumpkins on pallets along street.

    Fall is harvest time

    Published on October 4, 2018

    Winter squash and pumpkin are plentiful in the fall.

  • Jar of homemade jam with cloth tied over the lid.

    The dangers of open kettle canning

    Published on September 7, 2018

    Open kettle canning is a practice that has been around for years, but is not recommended. Learn why this practice can put your canned goods at risk of harboring dangerous toxins.

  • Grilled meat and corn dishes with salad on a table.

    How to avoid the temperature danger zone

    Published on August 17, 2018

    Knowing the correct temperatures involved in cooking, holding and storing food is a critical step in avoiding foodborne illness.

  • Aging and healthy eating

    Published on August 14, 2018

    Older adults may experience common obstacles that need addressing to enable them to make good choices in regards to diet and exercise. Here are some tips that can help.

  • Slow cookers can make delicious meals safely.

    Using a slow cooker safely

    Published on July 22, 2018

    Dinner in a slow cooker can be a great way to save time, but make sure to be food safe.

  • Stay healthy while enjoying summer fun

    Published on July 15, 2018

    Summer activities increase hazardous environments for food. Avoid the temperature danger zone and risk for bacterial growth on food.

  • Preserving zucchini

    Published on July 5, 2018

    Freezing is the best option for safely preserving zucchini.

  • It is jamming jelly time

    Published on June 28, 2018

    Using a standardized recipe will help you avoid making jam and jelly mistakes.

  • Consumer tips on joining a CSA

    Published on June 11, 2018

    Joining a CSA allows you to eat farm fresh produce all summer while supporting your local farmers and economy, but be sure to consider your options before joining a CSA.

  • Barbecue safety

    Published on May 29, 2018

    Grill to proper internal temperatures to keep foods safe.

  • Keep faucet aerators clean

    Published on April 25, 2018

    Aerators filter particles that come through your faucet. A clean aerator will help to keep water clean.

  • Think about what produce you plan to eat fresh as well as what you plan to preserve.

    Planting a canning garden

    Published on April 17, 2018

    Follow these tips to plan a canning garden that provides food year-round and avoids waste.

  • Tips for Michigan asparagus

    Published on April 2, 2018

    Asparagus are one of the first Michigan crops headed to market this spring. Be prepared to preserve them with these tips.

  • Hydration station

    Published on March 26, 2018

    Infusing water with fresh fruit is an easy way to encourage hydration.

  • Easy hard-boiled eggs

    Published on March 5, 2018

    Looking to add more protein to your diet or wondering how to cook hard-boiled eggs? Explore these suggestions.