FOOD SAFETY; Precaution Is Key

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Sometimes we forget about the dangers right in our kitchens.

The discovery of salmonella in eggs couldn't have come at a more coincidental time.

September is National Food Safety Education Month, but it didn't take a special month to alert Americans of the dangers connected to food.

Federal investigators are trying to figure out how the bacteria managed to taint millions of eggs and spark one of the largest recalls in history.

The International Food Information Council Foundation and the USDA are reminding people of the importance of incorporating safe food practices into their daily lives.

Unfortunately, not enough people see this as an issue.

According to a 2010 survey by the food information council, there was a drop in people practicing basic food safety, such as washing hands with soap and water.

The percentage of Americans who thought that was important declined from 92 percent in 2008 to 89 percent.

While 79 percent of Americans last year said they follow all the instructions when using a microwave to cook food, 69 percent said they did this year.

Knowing how to handle food properly is especially crucial for children, elderly people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, because they are more vulnerable to being sickened by food-borne illnesses. …

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