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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Food Safety for the Fourth

As you probably know, proper food safety practices can help prevent food-borne illness.  Did you know these facts?

As the 4th of July approaches, cases of foodborne illnesses are surging in the summer season. Key stats:
  • Incidents of food poisoning surge over the summer months because bacteria multiply faster when it’s warm
  • Americans spend $400 million on beef alone for July 4th barbeques
  • USDA research shows that 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it has reached a safe internal temperature!
  • New FDA research done in collaboration with USDA shows that only 23% of Americans who own a food thermometer actually use it when grilling hamburgers
  • 48 million Americans (at least 1 in 6) will get sick from foodborne illness this year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths
With that in mind and the Fourth of July upon us, the Ad Council and the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services are letting the Founding Fathers do the talking:

George Washington says…CLEAN
John Adams says…SEPARATE
Thomas Jefferson says...COOK
Benjamin Franklin says...CHILL

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Any questions should be directed to Dr. Franklin.  ;)  Or, for a quicker answer, visit and check out the ‘Ask Karen’ app, available in English ( and Spanish (

Disclosure:  I received this information and thought it was important enough to pass along.  I have received no compensation for doing so.


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