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Preventing Food Poisoning - safe handling, preparation, cooking, and storage of food items.


Fish Fish

New!
Mercury in the tilt switch of an analog thermostat is OK. But mercury in fish is bad! Just when you thought tuna (and other fish) were safe! Arrrgh! Check out these links, and tell 'em you've gone fishing!

Mercury In Fish Advisories:

New! FDA's 2001 general advisory on mercury in fish.

New! An FDA consumer advisory on mercury in fish.

New! EPA: Advice for woman and children on mercury in fish.

General Fish Advisories:

New! EPA: Advice on Eating Locally Caught Freshwater Fish.

New! EPA: Fact Sheet Summarizing EPA's Advice

New! EPA: Brochure: Should I Eat the Fish I Catch? Revealing two-page brochure with some surprising (depressing?) advice! In PDF format.


Turkey

So you're having turkey.
Then see Is pink turkey meat safe? and find out everything you've always wanted to know about turkey, but were afraid to ask!


Leftovers

Ok. You've stuffed your face. You've loosened your belt. You can barely move. You swore at your last meal that you would not eat that much again, yet here you are, so full you don't even want to look at food. But what about those leftovers? Get some tips in
Safe Handling of Complete Meals To Go.


Beef, Eggs, Cheese...

E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria


You go out to eat in a restaurant. You bring home take out. You cook at home. You reheat leftovers. You make sandwiches with deli meats and cheeses. Whatever you do, there are food borne bugs (bacteria) you will want to avoid. Follow the links below to learn more about, and how to avoid, these uninvited guests.

Undercooked chicken. Undercooked eggs. Undercooked ground beef. Unpasteurized milk. Contaminated alfalfa, bean sprouts, hot dogs, deli meat, cheese, or drinking water. Can
E. Coli, Salmonella, or Listeria be far behind?

Undercooked or raw eggs and
Salmonella enteritidis.

Found primarily in ground beef,
E. coli can have deadly consequences, particularly for children. A must read for parents!

Here's a look at
Listeriosis, caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women.


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