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Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Restaurants and Fast Food Establishments - News News
With half of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with restaurant food, improvement of food safety practices and behaviors are critical to reduce risk for customers. More
Always check the final temperature with a thermometer. Photo credit: Bob McDonald
Avoid Food Safety Penalties During Football Season - News News
When tailgating or homegating be sure safe food handling practices are part of your game plan! More
Photo Credit: Bob McDonald, Penn State University
Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? - Articles Articles

Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety?

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Brad Beatty

Food labels provide consumers with valuable information. Unfortunately, the meaning of label date marks are often misunderstood. More
Partnership for Food Safety Education
Food Safety and The Story of Your Dinner - News News
With the start of school, September is the perfect time to get back in the groove of family meals. The benefits of family meals are numerous, but keep food safety in mind during preparation and beyond. More
Be Food Safe, USDA/FSIS
Are You Handling Food Safely at Home? - News News
When it comes to food safety in our homes, a recent study indicates knowing and doing are often two different things. More
Food for Thought: Eight Tips for Making Good Choices at Farmers Markets
Food for Thought: Eight Tips for Making Good Choices at Farmers Markets - News News
A little know-how can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe from foodborne illness, advises a food safety educator with Penn State Extension. More
Farmers Market Storage Postcard
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Farmers Market Storage Postcard

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

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Proper storage of food fresh from the farmers market is important for food safety. This poster shows you which foods to store in the refrigerator versus which foods to store on the countertop. More
Foodborne Illness Symptoms, USDA
Long Term Health Consequences of a Foodborne Illness - Articles Articles
With 1 in 6 Americans developing food poisoning each year, or more accurately foodborne illness, it is not something to be taken lightly! More
Farmers Market Tips Bookmark
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Farmers Market Tips Bookmark

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

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Penn State Extension offers tips to enjoy your favorite local farmers market with this handy bookmark. More
Cooking Temperatures Magnet
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Cooking Temperatures Magnet

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

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Ensure your foods are safe to eat by meeting the minimum temperature guidelines when cooking. Place this magnet for reference in a convenient place in your kitchen to always keep food safety in mind. More
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Food Code Changes Coming to Pennsylvania - News News
With the release of the 2017 FDA Food Code, Pennsylvania food establishments will see changes in regulations beginning January 1, 2019. More
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Employee Illnesses: What You Need to Know - Articles Articles

Employee Illnesses: What You Need to Know

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Food service employees who work when sick can easily contaminate food and food contact surfaces, resulting in a foodborne illness outbreak. More
Food Safety for a Winning Super Bowl Party!
Food Safety for a Winning Super Bowl Party! - News News
Keep the following food safety tips in mind before, during and after the big game to prevent a foodborne illness from sidelining your team. More
Photo: US Department of Agriculture
National Food Safety Education Month - News News
During September, take the opportunity to train your staff on food safety. Penn State Extension has many resources you can use for food safety training. More
Photo:United States Department of Agriculture
Recipe Redo for Food Safety - News News

Recipe Redo for Food Safety

09/11/2017

September is national Food Safety Education Month! To celebrate, try a recipe from the Partnership for Food Safety Education that includes food safety tips. More
Photo credit: Graham Corney, Flickr Creative Commons
Reducing Food Waste with Food Safety in Mind - Articles Articles

Reducing Food Waste with Food Safety in Mind

Dori Owczarzak, MS, RD, LDN, Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Megan Wall

Throwing away food is a waste! Here are tips to help you reduce the amount of food you throw out, while being sure the foods you eat are safe. More
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Plant an Extra Row! - News News

Plant an Extra Row!

05/09/2017

This year, share the bounty of your summer garden by planting an extra row or two of vegetables to donate to your local food bank or pantry. More
Salmon with Soy Honey & Wasabi Sauce by Maggie on flickr.com CC By 2.0
Keeping Our Hearts Healthy with Fish - News News
When you think of heart health, do you ever think about eating more fish? If not, consider adding this important food to your menu! More
Preventing Cross-contamination
Preventing Cross-contamination - Videos Videos

Preventing Cross-contamination

Nicole McGeehan, MPH, CHES, Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

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Cross contamination is a major risk factor for foodborne illness. This video discusses the FDA Food Code guidelines to prevent cross contamination of food. More
Thermometer Use and Calibration
Thermometer Use and Calibration - Videos Videos

Thermometer Use and Calibration

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

This video discusses two different types of thermometers, their usage and need for calibration to assure foods are cooked and held at correct temperatures. More
Date Marking of Food Packages
Date Marking of Food Packages - Videos Videos

Date Marking of Food Packages

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

5:11

Date marking on food packages can be confusing! This video explains the differences between open dating, closed dating and other codes found on food packages. More
Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Guidelines
Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Guidelines - Videos Videos

Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Guidelines

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

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Cold temperatures maintain the quality of food and slow the growth of pathogens. Following proper guidelines outlined in this video can help ensure food safety. More
Cleaning and Sanitizing in Foodservice Operations
Cleaning and Sanitizing in Foodservice Operations - Videos Videos

Cleaning and Sanitizing in Foodservice Operations

Andy Hirneisen, MA, Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

4:12

Cleaning removes visible solids while sanitizing reduces pathogens on surfaces to safe levels. This video describes proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures. More
Proper Glove Use to Prevent Contamination
Proper Glove Use to Prevent Contamination - Videos Videos

Proper Glove Use to Prevent Contamination

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

3:12

Gloves serve as a barrier to prevent bare hand contact with ready to eat foods. This video discusses the FDA Food Code guidelines for glove use in foodservice. More
Proper Handwashing Procedures
Proper Handwashing Procedures - Videos Videos

Proper Handwashing Procedures

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

4:14

Proper handwashing is critical to food safety. This video outlines the FDA Food Code guidelines around proper handwashing in a food service operation. More
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