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Oct 6, 2022

Do I Need to Refrigerate Pumpkin Pie? Food Safety Info for Pumpkin Season

October is pumpkin season, which raises questions about food safety for everything from pumpkin pie to pumpkin seeds. 

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Sep 20, 2022

Contamination Detective

As a former culinary instructor, graduate student Riya Magiya wanted to better understand the science behind keeping food healthy and safe. 

raw chicken thighs on a cutting board

Apr 6, 2022

In Food Safety Study, 25% of Participants Contaminated Salad with Raw Chicken

The study highlights the importance of hand-washing and cleaning and sanitizing the kitchen. 

spinach leaf with plasma

Mar 28, 2022

Could Plasma Be a Sustainable Sanitation Solution?

Imagine never having to worry about washing your produce before you eat it. 

a roast turkey rests on a kitchen counter

Nov 19, 2021

Don’t Want Foodborne Illness? Don’t Wash That Poultry

Washing raw turkey or other poultry before roasting can lead to cross-contamination and foodborne illness. 

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Oct 26, 2021

Salmonella in Onions: What You Need to Know

How can I tell which onions are safe? What do I do if I’m not sure? NC State food safety expert Ellen Shumaker provides answers. 

Raw shrimp on ice

Jan 14, 2021

Fresh Fish and Seafood Safety Tips

Winter is peak season for many seasonal seafood delights in North Carolina. Candice Christian, food safety expert and educator with NC State Extension, shares tips for buying, preparing and storing fresh fish. 

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Dec 11, 2020

CALS’ Quick Guide for the Holidays

You’re four steps away from a brighter, better-tasting season. 

Nov 30, 2020

Experts You Can Count On

NC State's extension food safety experts provided training to help North Carolina restaurants reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they're leading a national team. 

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Nov 22, 2020

How to Celebrate the Holidays During a Pandemic

NC State food safety experts Ben Chapman and Natalie Seymour serve up research-based tips and tools that will help keep you and your loved ones safe and happy this holiday season.