Are Dermatologists ‘Zapping’
Safe Food on the Big Screen?
If you turn the TV channel to your favorite cooking show, you may observe the chefs licking their fingers or even cutting vegetables on the same surface as raw meat. Cooking shows are fun to watch- but do they demonstrate safe food handling practices?
A recent study from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst suggests there is room for improvement. The study involved a panel of state regulators and food practitioners completing a 19-question survey that measured safe food practices, use of utensils and gloves, protection from contamination, and time and temperature control.
The panel completed the survey while watching ten popular cooking shows. Lead author Dr. Nancy L. Cohen stated, “The majority of practices rated were out of compliance or conformance with recommendations in at least 70% of episodes, and food safety practices were mentioned in only three episodes.”
A number of safe food handling behaviors were not being done by TV chefs, which could lead to a foodborne illness and make someone sick. Areas for improvement include wearing clean clothing, using a hair restraint, handling raw food safely, and washing hands. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are the leading sources of foodborne illness in the United States, yet less than 10% of the shows demonstrated proper washing of produce. Don’t be a “TV chef” at home. Always make sure you’re following safe food handling practices!
Did you know there is a new way to report suspected foodborne illnesses? The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals joined forces to create a statewide one-call system Iowans can use to report illnesses associated with food poisoning. Food poisoning happens after eating or drinking contaminated foods or beverages. Foodborne illnesses are often the result of cross-contamination, poor hygiene, or improper heating and cooling of prepared foods. If you suspect food poisoning after consuming an item from a restaurant, grocery store, convenience store, market, or public gathering, call IDPH’s Iowa Sic hotline at: 1-844-IowaSic (844-469-2742) Once a call is made to the IowaSic hotline, trained specialists will begin an investigation into the cause and source of the illness. The catchy tagline is: “Feeling Queasy?
Call, It’s Easy?”
For food safety tips, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety
Source of article: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161108123824.htm
If you have further questions about food safety, nutrition, or health-related topics, you can speak directly with a Home Economist by calling the toll-free ISU AnswerLine. It is staffed Monday-Friday from 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm. To reach AnswerLine, call:
1.800.262.3804 (in Iowa)
1.800.854.1678 (in Minnesota)
(Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf
and hard-of-hearing individuals)
• Have a squeaky door? Spray the hinge with
cooking spray. Open and close the door a few times
to work the spray into the hinge, and your squeak should disappear!
• “If you make your own pesto, try using pistachios instead of pine nuts. The result is amazing, and a slightly better nutritional profile, too.”
— T.D. in New York
• To clean terra cotta pots for new plants, follow these steps: Use a plastic brush to remove large dirt chunks and stuck-on materials. Soak pots in a 25 percent vinegar solution for 20 minutes. Scrub with a plastic scrubbie and rinse. If all deposits are gone, clean with soapy water and put out to dry. If not, resoak in vinegar. Happy planting!
• Keep baby occupied at the table with this parenting trick: Add a little poster paint or finger paint to a gallon size zipper-top baggie. Close tightly, removing all air from bag. Tape edges to the table with masking tape. Now Junior can make patterns in the paint, essentially mess-free painting.
• “Magazine holders, placed on their side, make an excellent and useful set of shelves in a traditional freezer. Who hasn’t had the contents of their freezer tumble out because they removed something from the bottom of the pile? It’s much easier with these ‘shelves.’” --V.R. in Georgia
• If you spill glitter, don’t panic! Using a small hand broom, sweep up as much as you can. Then, bust out your lint roller. It will pick up those stubborn pieces that stick to floors. For anything that’s left over? Try enjoying the sparkle!
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During Driver’s License and Identification card issuance many questions are asked of customers. One question is whether the customer wishes to be an organ donor.
Many responses can be heard, ‘I’m too young,’
‘I’m too old,’ ‘mine are worn out,’ or ‘I’ll do it later.’
The following information covers a few facts pertaining to organ donation.
There is no limit to how young or how old an individual may be to donate organs. For younger individuals it is true, in a legal sense that those under age 18 cannot consent without parent authorization. Children are in need of organ transplants and usually need organs smaller than those an adult can provide. For older individuals organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s. An older individual with a healthy life style may have organs in better condition than a younger individual. The decision to use organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Don’t disqualify yourself prematurely due to your age, let the doctor decide.
Can your organs wear out and be unsuitable for donating? Again the decision is based on strict medical criteria. Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs. It may be true that certain organs are not suitable for transplantation, but other organs and tissues may be fine. Only medical professionals at the time of your death can determine whether your organs are suitable for transplantation.
If you are considering organ donation, why wait? The ‘I’ll do it later’ crowd, may wait until it’s too late.
Now that you’ve gotten a few facts about organ donation you will be prepared for that question when you have your Drivers License or Identification card issued.
In addition to adding it to your Drivers License or Identification card there are a few other things you can do to become an organ donor:
• Register with the Iowa donor registry: http://www.iowadonorregistry.org/. Or contact the Iowa Donor Network at 1-800-831-4131.
• Ask for a Donor Registration card at your local Drivers License Station.
• Include your wishes in your living will.
• Tell your family of your wishes.
Organ donation is the gift of life, take some time to consider ‘recycling’ yourself.