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Public Health Alert for Frozen Raw Breaded Stuffed Chicken Products

Possible Salmonella Contamination

June 8, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Enteritidis that may be associated with frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. These items may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu", chicken with “broccoli and cheese”, or "chicken Kiev". This public health alert is being issued to remind consumers about the proper handling and cooking of raw poultry products.

Dec. 11 Deadline Approaching for USDA Program for Farmers, Ranchers Impacted by COVID-19

FSA Staff Standing by to Help

December 7, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) by Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers facing market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

USDA Shares Easy At-Home Advice for Handling Food Safely this Thanksgiving

November 24, 2020 – This week, Americans will enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends – either in person or virtually. Taking the necessary steps toward safe food handling and sanitation will help protect you and your loved ones this year. To make sure your Thanksgiving meal is prepared safely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering food safety advice to reduce foodborne illness, including on Thanksgiving Day.

More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

November 5, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that in the first month of the application period, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) approved more than $7 billion in payments to producers in the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP 2 provides agricultural producers with financial assistance to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Safety and Inspection Service Recognizes September as Food Safety Education Month

August 31, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding the public to think about health and safety in the kitchen for National Food Safety Education Month this September. Consumers are encouraged to practice behaviors that will continue to help keep them and their loved ones safe from foodborne illness.

NationaI Forests, Grasslands in Texas Closes Recreation Areas as Hurricane Laura Approaches

August 25, 2020 - Effective today, multiple recreation sites on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas have been closed for the health and safety of visitors and staff as Hurricane Laura approaches the Gulf Coast. 

"The safety of our visitors and our employees is paramount," said Eddie Taylor, Forest Supervisor, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. "We are preparing our recreation sites for the storm and will be conducting damage assessments after the storm passes and when it is safe. 

Food Safety Should be on Your Back-to-School List

August 19, 2020 – A new school year is approaching and with it, changes to your usual routine.

“Parents are juggling many decisions as students may be returning to school for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and others may still be distance learning,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “You don’t want to add foodborne illness – commonly called food poisoning – to your list of concerns, so take time to plan and prepare your children’s lunch meals safely.”

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