Food Safety for Handling and Cooking Poultry
A flyer from the USDA about the importance of refrigeration! "A refrigerator is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for keeping foods safe. These electric units are so commonplace today, we forget a refrigerator was once little more than a box with a block of ice used to supply a rather undependable source of cold air. But we are instantly reminded of its importance to our daily lives when the power goes off or the unit fails, putting our food’s safety in jeopardy."
The USDA has created a wonderful program for consumers to ask questions about food safety for their Thanksgiving meal! Have a question about thawing turkey? Storing food? Handling leftovers? Get the app and Ask Karen!
"Back-to-Food" Safety Tips!
Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. In fact, children under the age of five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection among any other age group in the United States. This highlights the importance of following the USDA’s four food safety steps whenever preparing meals:
FSIS has developed a food safety “science experiment” that parents and children can carry out together to make sure school lunches are safe to eat come lunchtime. To start, parents should pack their child’s lunch and have their child store it as they would at school. After the normal time between lunch packing and consumption has passed, parents should help their child take the temperature of the lunch contents. Cold items should still be below 40 °F and hot items should be above 140°F.
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A comprehensive set of articles detailing the development of food safety in the US. Comes with handy infographics such as the one above!
A new website from the National Chicken Council, "Chicken Inspection Facts" will tell you more about the safety and inspection measures in the industry.
Looking for creative dinner ideas? Look no further! This is the definitive website for chicken food safety, as well as cooking videos and tons of recipes designed to take your taste buds to the next level!
The American Egg Board has many informative articles on current trends, and answers many common questions about the nutrition of eggs.
With Indiana producing more duck than any other state in the US, it is a very important (and very tasty!) food product to Hoosiers. While there is no trade association providing food ideas, an internet search with quickly reveal thousands of delicious recipes to try at home with duck as the central ingredient. Duck is very nutritious, low in fat when prepared properly and packed full of protein, just like any other poultry product! Farm-raised duck is not overly "gamey" but rather it is tender, juicy, and full of flavor! Visit these websites for great recipe ideas and other information about delicious duck:
Keep yourself and others safe! Learn about the Egg Safety Cycle here.
ENC is a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs.
Everything you could ever want to know about eggs, in one place! Published by the Georgia Egg Commission
Information for consumers on the safe handling of turkey, along with cooking tips and videos that help make an kitchen helper into a master chef with turkey! Search the database of over 1,100 online recipes for delicious meal ideas.
A very complete page of poultry industry history, facts and statistics from Feedstuffs.
Food safety is a critical topic, and this publication covers all of the important guidelines and recommendations for handling poultry products
The homepage of the USDA FSIS information on poultry preparation, here you can learn about proper poultry preparation, and other food safety tips!