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Author Archives: Kathy Birkett, RDN, LD

When Pot Luck Becomes Unlucky — and Unsafe

When Pot Luck Becomes Unlucky — and Unsafe

Pot luck or covered dish dinners are very popular across the country. Have you participated in one lately? Detective Foodsafe® often balks at the idea of dining on pot luck because the opportunity for unsafe food handling is great and food poisoning too often the result. She isn’t a big fan of buffet restaurants for… Continue Reading

Farmers’ Market Food Safety Tips from Detective Foodsafe®

Farmers’ Market Food Safety Tips from Detective Foodsafe®

Summer is on the way! If you are like Detective Foodsafe®, you can’t wait for the promise of fresh fruits and vegetables that gardens across the country will be producing. Soon it will be time to visit to your local Farmers’ Market or produce stand, even if you have your own backyard garden. Many people… Continue Reading

Spot Food Safety Warning Signs When Dining Out

Spot Food Safety Warning Signs When Dining Out

Convenience, enjoyment or freedom from the kitchen – whatever the reason you eat dinner out, it shouldn’t be an occasion for food poisoning. We have our favorite places and even a particular food we typically order when we go out to eat. Do you worry that your favorite place or the new place you visit… Continue Reading

Essential Gadgets to Help Make Yours a Foodsafe Kitchen

Essential Gadgets to Help Make Yours a Foodsafe Kitchen

Making our lives easier using gadgets in the kitchen is not only convenient but fun too. Instant pots, custom coffee by the cup, and high speed blenders have become common countertop additions we use daily. But what gadgets should we have in our kitchens to make our meal preparation safe from contamination which could make… Continue Reading

Leftover Love — Innovative Program Fighting Hunger in Children

Leftover Love — Innovative Program Fighting Hunger in Children

Have you heard about the school district in Indiana who has taken a loving approach to feeding hungry kids in their neighborhoods? The school district has partnered with a nonprofit organization called Cultivate. This organization takes leftover food from school foodservice, either food never served or leftover items, and repackages them into nutritious meals for… Continue Reading

6 Germiest Places In Your Kitchen & How to Address Them

6 Germiest Places In Your Kitchen & How to Address Them

We have learned from Detective Foodsafe® about the importance of cleaning and disinfecting our kitchens to reduce germs lurking there. But what exactly are the dirtiest surfaces in the kitchen that need your attention and sometimes constant vigilance? Detective Foodsafe gives us the rundown on the germiest surfaces so we can become successful germ fighters… Continue Reading

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

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