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FDA Offers Grilling Tips


Photo from U.S. FDA

FoodFacts.com would like to discuss grilling season.

With grilling season just around the corner, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month released a pamphlet with grilling tips for the safe preparation of foods.

E-coli and salmonella are two of the most well-known and common food-borne illnesses in existent, and both illnesses are often contracted through the incorrect preparation of foods. This is especially common in the summer, when grilling is a common means of cooking and the heat outside is high, resulting in a higher chance of bacteria growing within food.

So how can you keep you and your family safe during this fun, but risky, time?

It all begins before you even begin cooking, with proper cleanup and preparation of your work area. Cleaning your food items is also a must, specifically fresh fruits and vegetables.

The means in which you transport your food is also important, and transporting foods in an organized manner could be beneficial. Keeping your cold foods cold, specifically in a cooler with the temperature at 40°F or below, is necessary for preventing bacteria growth. Keep the coolers closed, and don’t cross-contaminate foods such as poultry, seafood and raw meat.

What about the actual grilling process, though? How do you keep your foods safe?

When grilling, it is important to marinate your food safely – keep it in the refrigerator, rather than the counters or outside. Keep already grilled food hot until it is served. Also, and this is very important – cook food thoroughly. To find out proper cooking temperatures, please refer to the FDA link at the bottom of this blog. Finally, when cooking, keep utensils separate to prevent cross-contamination. It might be a good idea to wash utensils after each use to be extra safe.

So, folks, there you have it. Separation, refrigeration, and proper cooking temperatures are the basics.

With that said, we’re wishing you a happy and healthy grilling season from FoodFacts.com!

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/Consumers/ucm109899.htm

Why are there blue chips in your ground beef?

Foodfacts.com encourages our followers to check any ground beef or meat products for suspicious materials. Recently, a woman discovered what appeared to be blue plastic chips embedded in her ground beef. This has caused a recent recall of the product. Read below to learn more!

A North Carolina-based company has issued a recall of its ground beef product after a consumer found an unexpected ingredient in the product – blue plastic chips.

Vantage Foods of Lenoir, North Carolina is recalling 1,642 pounds of ground beef that may contain the foreign material, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Friday.

Products included in this Class III recall – the type issued when consumption of the product won’t cause adverse health consequences – were sold in 2-pound trays of fresh ground beef 93/7 under the brand “Lowe’s Foods.”

The packaging is labeled with Establishment number “EST. 34176″ inside the USDA mark of inspection, and a sell-by date of 8/29/11.

The products subject to recall were produced on August 15, 2011 and distributed to retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The problem was discovered when a consumer returned meat to a retail establishment, reporting the presence of blue plastic chips in the product. The store then notified Vantage Foods.

Neither FSIS nor the firm have received any reports of negative health consequences associated with the consumption of the product.
(Food Safety News)

Costco Cheese Might Have e. coli: FDA

A Costco Wholesale store May 31, in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Costco cheese may be contaminated with e. coli, says the Food and Drug Administration. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
A Costco Wholesale store May 31, in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Costco cheese may be contaminated with e. coli, says the Food and Drug Administration. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The Foodfacts.com Blog has reviewed news reports indicating that Costco cheese may be contaminated with e. coli. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese sold at Costco stores might cause illness, according to an FDA press release. The warehouse club store is also warning its members not to consume the cheese. Continue reading