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Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your pantry: tips to get started today

Foodamentals By March 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Today is the first day of spring. Because many of    Spring Cleaning
you are starting your spring cleaning, I want to ask: when was the last time you cleaned out your pantry?

Here are a few tips and tricks to get your kitchen in shape, so you'll be ready to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Free your cabinets, fridge, and freezer of expired or contaminated food:

Take a first glance and throw out anything that you know is old, smells off, is turning color, etc. Look and smell each open container in the fridge and cabinet. Don't forget: when in doubt, throw it out. read more


When Food Gets Tainted, Who Takes Action?

Chew on This By October 13, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

CantaloupesEach year, approximately 1 in 6 Americans are struck with a food-borne illness. Over 100,000 of them are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. While this group is dominated by isolated incidents, serious taints that can be tracked back to one source are also common. When food crises like the recent outbreak of listeria from cantaloupe and the recall of packaged salads due to salmonella concerns strike, who takes the lead on addressing the problem, and what can you do to make sure you're not affected? We've got the answers. read more


Is Your Child’s Lunch Safe?

Chew on This By September 12, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Dreamstime_s_16788177 With food luminaries like Alice Waters calling for major reforms to American school lunches, sending kids to school with a packed lunch can ensure that they get a balanced, nutritious meal. Since 4 out of 5 kids don't get access to refrigeration, though, it's important that parents do everything they can to ensure that kids' food remains at a healthy temperature where bacteria can't grow. A recent study of more than 200 kids' sack lunches found that only 1.6 percent of perishable items packed by parents were in the safe temperature zone. How can you ensure your child's lunch stays safe? read more


When Should You Throw That Food Away?

Chew on This By September 8, 2011 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Dreamstime_s_19139496 While ShopWell is designed to help you figure out the food that suits you best when you're at the store, we also want to make sure that you consume it safely once you get home. One in six Americans get food poisoning every year, and over 100,000 of them end up in the hospital. This week, our blog will offer a two-part series on food safety; this post will discuss when to keep food and when to throw it away at home, and on Monday (just in time for back-to-school!) we'll discuss keeping food safe in kids' lunchboxes. read more


Egg, Meat, Fish Safety

Foodamentals By August 20, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

With the news of the current egg recall, it’s good time to talk about food safety. Uncooked shell eggs and raw meat, fish, poultry and seafood always carry a risk of foodborne illness, so following a few simple tips can help decrease your risk.