Now that summer is here, more of us will be dining outside and preparing picnic food.

With restrictions easing slightly and the social distancing still in place, an outdoor picnic is a great way to meet up and share food. However, this is a time when food poisoning can...


A passenger coughs and then touches a pair of tongs to grab salad at the restaurant. The cough has contaminated the tongs with a virus. Then another passenger takes the same pair of tongs for salad, touches the mouth, and there is an instant spread of a virus from one...

Most consumers think eggs are safe. This makes sense because eggs can be purchased at the supermarket and will be cold. They also look normal unless of course one is cracked. However, are they safe? Eggs are classified as a hazardous food and keeping them out of the Da...

Easter dinners are usually either ham, chicken or turkey. Since food poisoning occurs frequently when these foods are improperly prepared, it’s important to remember to keep food safety in mind. When I was a new inspector working at the local Health Unit, I received a...

While many of us assume that food poisoning only occurs when dining out, the truth is that a percentage of all foodborne illnesses occurring each year are from home cooking. Home cooking involves family meals, potlucks, catering for events such as birthdays, special oc...

It's time for a new blog with different topics to help those who travel! For years, I have been writing about food safety with my blog Food Safety Makes Sense. Now, I will be alternating between the two and providing food safety information for those who travel called...

Everyone has heard about food poisoning. Most of us do not realize that physical contamination of food can be just as deadly as getting Salmonella or Botulism. All the items shown have been found in food. Bits of hard plastic, broken glass, nails, twist ties, toothpick...

As a Public Health Inspector, students sometimes wonder if I practice what I preach! I hope so as it is not that difficult to keep your home refrigerator up to food safety standards. It’s important to watch the code dates. Expired milk should not be used. Follow the co...

Handwashing is not a favorite topic of food handlers. It is perceived as a chore that doesn’t need to be carried out. It is one of the most important steps a food handler can take during the daily routine in the restaurant or foodservice establishment. I once had a che...

Bread is supposed to be the staff of life. In recent years, there have been more consumers demanding gluten-free products. As a result, prepared foods from muffins to pretzels can be certified gluten-free. What is gluten? Gluten comes from the Latin word for glue. The...

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