Healthy Bites for April:
Spring celebrations and food safety

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SpringIt's spring - the season to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate special occasions, like Easter, Passover, and graduation!  As celebrations and events approach, take a fresh look at food safety habits. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline gets extra busy this time of year with food safety questions. The hotline has lots of advices to keep celebrations safe from foodborne hazards. Check out these spring food safety tips.

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Download a printable copy of the April Healthy Bites newsletter (PDF, 143 KB) 

Other resources:

Recipe Central - Enjoy healthy cooking from your own kitchen. Use recipes from our collections to get started!

UNL Extension Calendar – National Food Days, Weeks, and Months for April.

Spring Traditions: Serving Ham Safely - If you've been shopping for ham recently, you may have found yourself bewildered by the many choices available. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to prepare ham successfully – and safely.

Spring Traditions: Serving Brisket Safely - Brisket is a popular meat for springtime celebrations. Follow these guidelines from USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline to prepare a delicious, yet safe brisket meal for your family and friends.

Safely Preparing Corned Beef Brisket in a Slow Cooker – Check out this video from USDA Food Safety on safely preparing corned beef brisket in a slow cooker. 

Cracking the Date Code on Egg Cartons - Is there a way to tell from the egg carton how old the eggs are? Are there some guidelines for how long eggs are safe to eat? Check out these tips.

Cook Eggs Thoroughly and Keep Refrigerated to Avoid Salmonella - University of Nebraska-Lincoln food safety specialist says that eggs -- like meat, poultry, milk and other foods -- are safe when handled properly.

Eggs and Egg Products - Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious and economical foods. But, you must take special care with handling and preparing fresh eggs and egg products to avoid food poisoning.

Holiday Food Safety Tips from Food Safety.gov - This handout goes over basic food safety concepts such as Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. 

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