Foodsafety.gov Provides Valuable Recall Information

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The nationwide egg recall is only the latest food safety news making headlines. Every day, companies recall products or issue public statements about food safety issues. FoodSafety.gov is your gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ensuring The Foods We Eat Are Safe

A quote by President Obama on the Foodsafety.gov website describes the mission of governmental food safety agencies: “There are certain things only a government can do. And one of those things is ensuring that the foods we eat are safe and do not cause us harm.”

Up-to-date food recall information is posted on Foodsafety.gov under the heading “News & Features”. To help consumers understand the most recent Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak related to shell eggs produced on several Iowa farms, the website is featuring several helpful articles such as “Fresh Eggs: Playing it Safe” and “Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Salmonella from Eggs”.

Read: Top 10 Riskiest Foods for Food Borne Illness

Continuing coverage on the safety of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is also included on foodsafety.gov.

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There is also plenty of information about keeping food safe at home. Meat and poultry accounted for the majority of food-borne illnesses reported in the United States in 2007. Foodsafety.gov offers tips on reducing the risk by maintaining minimum cooking temperatures and using proper storage times for both refrigerator and freezer.

Fruits and vegetables are also foods linked to bacterial contamination that leads to food-borne illnesses such as E.coli. Understanding cross-contamination when preparing foods is key to protecting your family from food poisoning.

Read: Grocery Shopping with Food Safety in Mind

Want more information about the inspections performed by government food safety agencies? Foodsafety.gov can lead you in the right direction. Among the featured articles includes information about the FDA’s Egg Safety Action Plan, so you can see how the new egg safety laws put into place in July can protect you in the future from egg-related salmonella poisoning.

Read: New Egg Safety Laws Should Reduce Illnesses

Foodsafety.gov offers email alerts and an RSS feed to keep the American public informed about federal food safety information. For Twitter fans, follow the most recent updates at http://twitter.com/foodsafetygov.

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