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Sell-by date confusion to be cleared up soon

Sell-by date confusion to be cleared up soon
Many Americans have no idea what “sell by” labels actually mean. So after 40 years of letting consumers guess, the grocery industry has made a move to clear up the confusion.



Cook meat to proper temperatures to prevent foodborne illness

Cook meat to proper temperatures to prevent foodborne illness
As outdoor temperatures rise, so does the use of grills. Whenever you’re grilling—outdoors or inside—it’s critical to cook meat to the proper temperature.



Prevent foodborne illness this picnic season

To keep food safe from harmful bacteria when picnicking, consumers should follow four basic but important steps.



Backyard chicken owners should take steps to reduce risk of Salmonella exposure

Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states have sickened more than 300 people—19 in Virginia—in the first four months of 2016 and are ongoing. All of the outbreaks are a result of live poultry in backyard flocks.



Farm organizations urging Dannon to drop deceitful marketing

The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined with other farm organizations to urge food companies to recognize that farmers’ sustainability goals can’t be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices.



Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices

Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed an amendment to nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products.



Choosing and using a food thermometer

Food thermometers can play an important safety role when you’re grilling summer meals.



Antibiotic claims serve to scare consumers, limit farmers

Farmers and farm organizations rallied last month to assure consumers that there are no antibiotics in their sandwiches—or their food supply in general.



USDA report: Pesticide residues on food well below amounts dangerous to humans

Any pesticide chemical residue found on samples of various foods tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture fell below levels that could pose a safety risk, according to findings released earlier this year.



Handwashing is key to preventing foodborne illnesses

Starting this month you might notice a few changes on the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance website. We've added new account management tools and given our most popular member benefit a virtual makeover!



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