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Washing Raw Poultry: Our Science, Your Choice

by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Posted on Wednesday August 28, 2019, 2:21 pm

A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.

“Cooking and mealtime is a special occasion for all of us as we come together with our families and friends,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “However, the public health implications of these findings should be of concern to everyone. Even when consumers think they are effectively cleaning after washing poultry, this study shows that bacteria can easily spread to other surfaces and foods. The best practice is not to wash poultry.”

The results of the observational study showed how easy bacteria can be spread when surfaces are not effectively cleaned and sanitized. The USDA is recommending three easy options to help prevent illness when preparing poultry...

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It Is Back-To-School Season, Keep IPM in Your Pest Management Toolkit!

by California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Posted on Wednesday August 28, 2019, 2:19 pm

As millions of California students head back to school, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation DPR has announced an updated School and Child Care IPM website,, as part of its effort to help parents, teachers and staff successfully deal with pests at schools and child care centers. The website also provides support with compliance of the Healthy Schools Act.

The Healthy Schools Act, PDF (HSA) encourages schools and child-care centers to use effective, least-toxic pest management practices—also known as integrated pest management or IPM. When pesticides are used, schools and child-care centers must follow requirements of the Healthy Schools Act. The law applies to all public K–12 schools and public and private child-care centers, including those located at community colleges and universities. Private K-12 schools and family ...

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Avocado tasters are wrapping up their work at UC sensory lab

by Jeannette E. Warnert

Posted on Wednesday August 28, 2019, 2:16 pm

A group of trained and dedicated volunteers have been tasting avocado samples at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier to determine whether the GEM avocado variety can stand up to the tried-and-true Hass in grocery stores, reported Dale Yurong on ABC 30 Action News.

Yurong visited the sensory lab at Kearney where nine tasters have been meeting for months to help inform UC and USDA research that may enable commercial production of avocados in the San Joaquin Valley, an area believed to be unsuitable because of hot summers and cold winters.

The panellists identify avocado characteristics like nutty, stringy and buttery. "You're getting into the texture, you're getting into a lot of different nuances of flavor," said taster Shannon Aguilar.

GEM avocados grow on smaller trees than Hass and GEM has a tear-drop shape, while ...

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