In Wisconsin, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are generally considered prime-time for picnics and outdoor grilling. While these events are fun, it is important to keep food safety in mind if you are attending or hosting an event. Foodborne illness is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages each year. Here are some food safety tips to follow if you are planning an event or just cooking a meal for your family.
There are four simple rules for any kitchen:
Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often.
· Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before starting food preparation and between preparing different foods. That’s about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to yourself.
· Wash your utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water.
· Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water.
Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs to ready-to-eat foods—unless you keep them separate.
Cook: To the right temperature. Food is safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. Use a food thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature. Poultry, stuffed meat, and leftovers should be cooked to 165 degrees; ground beef to 155 degrees; and fish, pork, and eggs to 145 degrees.
Chill: Refrigerate promptly. Keep your refrigerator below 40°F and know when to throw food out.
· Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. (If outdoor temperature is above 90°F, refrigerate within 1 hour.)
· Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. Never thaw foods on the counter, because bacteria multiply quickly in the parts of the food that reach room temperature.
To get alerts on food recalls visit: https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm
For more information on food safety visit: https://www.foodsafety.gov/index.html, https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/index.html
The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. As in previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. Columbia County is the first county in Wisconsin in 2018 to report a bird testing positive for West Nile Virus. Remember to take precautions when outdoors to prevent mosquito bites. Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes is important and using a repellent containing permethrin or DEET will help as well.
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The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.
The rapid HIV testing is now available at the following Walgreens pharmacy locations in Milwaukee:
7171 N Teutonia Ave.
370 E Capitol Dr.
2826 N MLK Dr.
3522 W Wisconsin Ave.
2625 W National Ave.
Find out more about the importance of getting tested for HIV at GetTestedMKE.com.
Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is Now Open
The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. Just like previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity.
A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. For more information call 833-551-7739 or visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a
Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released
The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends. Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin
North Shore Health Department
In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.
The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours
If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.