Food safety for the holiday season

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Millions of people get sick with foodborne illness each year in the United States. The Vermont Department of Health recommends cooking and handling food safely to prevent foodborne illness this holiday season. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. Refrigerate foods quickly since cold temperatures slow growth of harmful bacteria. Keep hot foods hot at 140°F or above by using chafing dishes or hot plates, and keep cold foods cold at 40°F or below by using ice.“Keep food temperatures in mind when planning meals, cooking, and bringing food to someone’s house,” says Elisabeth Wirsing, food and lodging program chief at the Health Department. “Follow safety practices throughout the entire meal—from preparing the food to storing leftovers.”Eat cooked food promptly and refrigerate leftovers within two hours after cooking. Refrigerate or freeze food in shallow storage containers for quicker cooling. Discard any turkey, stuffing, and gravy left out at room temperature longer than two hours.Foodborne illness or “food poisoning” ranges from slight discomfort to serious infections that require hospitalization. Infants and young children, pregnant women, and older adults are at greatest risk for serious complications or death.The Health Department recommends the following to reduce the risk of foodborne illness:Wash hands before and after preparing food.Keep raw meat and poultry apart from cooked foods—do not cross-contaminate.Wash hands, utensils, and kitchen surfaces with hot soapy water after they touch raw meat or poultry.Defrost turkeys in the refrigerator or in cold water. Allow 24 hours per five pounds in the refrigerator; allow 30 minutes per one pound in cold water.Buy a fresh turkey (not frozen) one day before cooking.The turkey should be cooked immediately after stuffing.Cook turkey until a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and/or in the center of food and stuffing cooked with the turkey reads 165°F. (Do not let thermometer touch bones when reading temperature.)Refrigerated turkey should be eaten within three to four days; gravy, stuffing and other sides within one to two days; and frozen leftovers within one month.Reheat leftovers to 165°F—the food should be hot and steaming.For a temperature guide and more information on holiday food safety, visit: is external)For the complete Health Department Food Safety Guide, visit: is external)last_img read more

Mission extends lease with Johnson County Wastewater for community garden near treatment facility through 2024

first_imgMission’s community garden near the Nelson Complex Wastewater Treatment Facility.The city of Mission has renewed its lease with Johnson County Wastewater for the community garden near the Nelson Complex Wastewater Treatment Facility.Mission has been leasing the section of property at Lamar Avenue and Foxridge Drive from Johnson County Wastewater since 2009. The city’s 10-year lease with Johnson County Wastewater was set to expire this month, so the council on March 20 unanimously approved extending the contract for an additional four years.The county is planning to make renovations to the property in 2024, so the contract with Mission will end to accommodate those renovations.Emily Randel, assistant to the city administrator, said it is unknown at this time if the city will be able to lease the property for use as a community garden after Johnson County Wastewater completes renovations.“The terms of the lease agreement were set to give the County flexibility, pending the needs of their renovation project at that time,” Randel wrote in an email.During the council’s community development committee meeting March 6, Randel said that in the meantime, city staff doesn’t anticipate anything changing about operation of the community garden.At that same meeting, Councilmember Hillary Parker Thomas asked if the city would be able to add more plots to the garden in the future, citing a constant wait list for use of the space. Randel said this had been discussed in the past, but not recently. City staff will look into it, she added.There was no additional discussion at either of the meetings.last_img read more

NPFL Round-Up: Orok Can’t Stop Scoring, Dakkada Still Unbeaten Away, Rivers Win In Gombe

first_imgVeteran forward Akarandut Orok struck his third goal in as many games as Akwa United finally ended second-placed Lobi Stars’ eight match unbeaten run on Matchday 11 of the 2019/2020 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday.Orok whose lone goal decided last week’s Qua-Iboe derby scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium as Kennedy Boboye won his third straight game to lift the Promise Keepers to eighth on the log.Leaders Plateau United suffered a 3-0 humbling in Umuahia as Abia Warriors moved up to fourth on the table.Emmanuel Ugwuka put the home side ahead in the 28th minute before further strikes from Guy Kuemian in the 83rd minute and Bello Lukman four minutes later put a further gloss on the result.Rivers United moved into third position on the log following a highly impressive 2-0 victory away at Adamawa United.Junior Osaghae scored the opener for the visitors in the 25th minute before Malachy Ohawume made sure of the result with a 57th minute effort.Heartland’s poor form against FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi continued with the home side securing a 1-0 victory over the Naze Millionaires courtesy of Samuel Kalu’s 21minute winner.Two goals either side of half time saw Warri Wolves run out 2-1 winners over Kwara United in Ughelli.Sunday Williams in the 38th minute and Efe Yahere in the 52nd minute put the hosts two goals up before Alao Danbani pulled one back for the visitors on the 58th minute.Fuad Ekeleojuoti scored in the fifth minute of added time to spare Sunshine Stars’ blushes in a 1-1 stalemate against visiting Dakkada FC in Akure.Dakkada, the only team yet to lose an away game this season, looked to be heading for yet another away win after Femi Ajayi put them ahead in the 42nd minute.Ekeleojuoti, however, popped up to ensure a share of the spoils for the home side when he scrabbled home following a goalmouth melee in added time.In the day’s final game, Katsina United prevailed 3-2 against Jigawa Golden Stars at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium with striker Tasiu Lawal bagging a brace for the home side.Jigawa Golden Stars twice pegged back the home side in the first half when Mannir Ubale’s 21st minute penalty cancelled out Lawal’s 15th minute opener and Ali Maro Kallo levelled in the 40th minute after Lukman Mohammed had scored in the 27th minute before Lawal scored his second in the 70th minute.2019/2020 NPFL Matchday 11 ResultsSunshine Stars 1-1 Dakkada FC(Fuad Ekelojuoti 90+5’ – Femi Ajayi 42’)Katsina United 3-2 Jigawa Golden Stars(Tasiu Lawal 15’, 70’, Lukman Muhammed 27’ – Mannir Ubale 21’ (PEN), Ali Maro Kalla 40’)Akwa United 1-0 Lobi Stars(Akarandut Orok 51’)Adamawa United 0-2 Rivers United(Junior Osaghae 22’, Malachi Ohawume 86’)Warri Wolves 2-1 Kwara United(Sunday Williams 38’, Efe Yarhere 52’ – Alao Danbani 58’)Abia Warriors 3-0 Plateau United(Emmanuel Ugwuka 28’, Guy Keumian 82’, Bello Lukman 87’)FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 Heartland (Samuel Kalu 21′)Relatedlast_img read more