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Author Archives: Kathy Birkett, RDN, LD

Reducing the Threat of Illness-Causing Germs in Your Kitchen

Reducing the Threat of Illness-Causing Germs in Your Kitchen

Detective Foodsafe® encourages us to keep all kitchen surfaces — counters, utensils, cutting boards, and handles — clean and disinfected or sanitized. But what does that really mean you should do to achieve a germ-free meal preparation space? Many areas of the kitchen which are high touch points don’t get cleaned as often as they… Continue Reading

Food Safety Basics We Can Use to Prevent Food Poisoning

Food Safety Basics We Can Use to Prevent Food Poisoning

Most all of us are aware of the basics of safe food preparation but many have fallen into a habit of not doing everything we should to prevent the growth of harmful pathogens that could make us and the people we feed sick. Detective Foodsafe® often hears, “I have never washed my counter or hands… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Explained by Detective Foodsafe®

Food Poisoning Explained by Detective Foodsafe®

Those who have had food poisoning at some point — that’s many of us — know it is extremely unpleasant. Do you think you have food poisoning? Yes, you have been so careful where you eat and preparing your own food in your kitchen. Okay, but you still have food poisoning, so how did you… Continue Reading

What Consumers Should Know About Food Recalls

What Consumers Should Know About Food Recalls

Food recalls seem like a double-edged sword sometimes. On the one hand, we want to know that our food is safe and we are not putting our family at risk when we cook or eat in a local restaurant. On the other hand, there are just so many food recalls, especially for food we choose… Continue Reading

Will Your Favorite Restaurant Make You Sick?

Will Your Favorite Restaurant Make You Sick?

Ever wonder what food inspectors look for when they investigate your favorite restaurant? And what they find in those inspections? Detective Foodsafe® has spent a lot of time doing her own investigations after people reported foodborne illness they felt struck them after eating at specific food establishments. In her work, she has seen many violations… Continue Reading

5 Food Safety Champions Working to Keep Us Safe

5 Food Safety Champions Working to Keep Us Safe

There are people and organizations that are advocating for our health and safety on a daily basis. They worry about the food we and our families eat at and away from home. Champions have been working hard for the health of our food supply, realizing that what we eat can make us sick, for centuries!… Continue Reading

Detective Foodsafe’s® Tips for Winter Storm Food Safety

Detective Foodsafe’s® Tips for Winter Storm Food Safety

The sun may not be shining down to heat up our picnic foods right now, but we still have to take steps to prevent food poisoning when the severe winter weather strikes. The wrath of winter storms creates havoc for school, jobs, and roadways, making our daily tasks more difficult. Half the country was recently… Continue Reading

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