USDA Press Release

Turkey Day Myths

November 16, 2022 - Quit food safety confusion cold turkey this Thanksgiving! While this holiday is a great time to spend with family and friends, it’s also time to bust some myths.

Myth 1:  Refrigerating a whole cooked turkey is safe

False! Always carve your turkey after cooking. A whole cooked turkey will not cool quickly enough, thus putting it at risk for bacterial growth. Carve the turkey into smaller pieces so it cools faster in the refrigerator.

Myth 2: Thawing a turkey on the counter is safe.

USDA Reminds Farmers, Ranchers to Vote in Committee Election

December 5 is the Last Day to Return Ballots

November 16, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started mailing ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the Angelina-Nacogdoches-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA office or postmarked by December 5, 2022.

USDA Recommends Adding Food Safety Items to Your Back-to-School List

August 15, 2022 – On your next back-to-school shopping trip, make sure to include food safety items on your shopping list to keep school lunches safe. 

“Every day, parents focus on the health and safety of their children, and this focus includes how they prepare and pack lunches,” said Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Because children are particularly at risk for serious foodborne illness, food safety must be at the top of the list when preparing lunches for school and field trips.”

World Food Safety Day Spotlights Global Health Threat

June 7, 2022 - Imagine a global sickness that spreads faster than HIV and kills more than malaria.

Foodborne illness impacts global health with over 200 diseases that have a direct link to eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Each year, 600 million people worldwide get sick from foodborne infections leading to 420,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Here is another fact: foodborne illness is preventable.

USDA - Bring Food Safety to Your Summer Vacation

May 17, 2022 – As summertime brings families and friends together for outdoor celebrations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to make sure your summer festivities are food safe. Whether you’re grilling burgers, camping, or having a picnic, everyone should always remember to practice proper handwashing and use a food thermometer.

After observing that consumer behavior in test kitchens revealed that people are skipping basic food safety practices, USDA is concerned that consumers are not doing enough to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

USDA Issues Final Pandemic Payments for Timber Harvesters, Haulers

December 3, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin issuing final pandemic assistance payments to timber harvesters and timber hauling businesses through the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program starting next week. In total, $200 million will be provided to loggers and log trucking businesses who experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 1, 2020, compared to the period of Jan. 1 through Dec.

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