If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’re probably aware that during the past several months, outbreaks of salmonella have been connected with food products around the country. Food-borne illnesses can leave consumers feeling a little unnerved, but with the help of these Web sites, you can become an educated shopper and learn more about practicing food safety at home.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory body responsible for overseeing most of the food products on the market. Check here for important food safety notices, or to report a problem with an item.
Avoiding cross-contamination is perhaps one of the best ways to stop the spread of bacteria in your kitchen. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse explains how this is done, and reveals what else you should do to store and cook food properly.
One way to extend the life of your food is freezing items you don’t plan to use right away. But if you’ve ever tasted something with freezer burn, you know it’s not always easy to freeze food correctly. Learn how to freeze a variety of products at the National Center for Home Food Preservation, and get answers to other questions about freezing food with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Looking to learn more about food? The findingDulcinea Food Web Guide recommends some of the best Web sites for finding great recipes online, exploring specialty foods, reading restaurant reviews and more.