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Food Safety

How Long Can Cooked Bacon Sit Out?

Food Safety | February 28, 2022

As a general rule, cooked meats should not sit out at room temperature longer than two hours, and that includes bacon. In high temperatures, cooked bacon should be consumed or discarded within a shorter amount of time. If you or… read more

How Long Does Yogurt Last in the Fridge?

Food Safety | February 28, 2022

When yogurt is kept tightly covered and in the fridge, it can last one to two weeks after the “sell by” date on the package. When the yogurt has been opened, it can be safely consumed for one week when… read more

Does All Food have an Expiration Date?

Food Safety | January 31, 2022

Food expiration or “Best if Used By” dates are commonly found on perishable foods, but these dates refer to quality, not safety. In fact, 90 percent of Americans throw out food prematurely, according to a survey from the National Resources… read more

How Long Can Deli Meat Be Left Out?

Food Safety | December 31, 2021

Most everyone has deli meats around the house, as they are convenient for making lunch or a quick snack. However, it is important to note that deli meat can only be left out at room temperature for two hours. Why… read more

How Long Can Cheese Be Left Out?

Food Safety | December 31, 2021

Whether you are using cheese as an appetizer, or maybe you left it on the countertop by accident, you may be wondering how long it can sit out. Each cheese will vary based on the type and storage, but here… read more

Does Cooked Chicken Need to be Refrigerated?

Food Safety | December 31, 2021

As soon as your meal is over, cooked chicken should be refrigerated in an airtight container. If chicken is left out for two hours or more, or one hour in temperatures of 90°F, it is no longer safe to eat…. read more

Do Eggs Need to be Refrigerated?

Food Safety | December 31, 2021

In the U.S, eggs are refrigerated, but in other parts of the world, you will likely find them stacked on a shelf in one of the store’s aisles. So do eggs really need to be refrigerated? It depends on where… read more

Potential Portillo’s Ecoli Outbreak

E. coli,Food Safety,Our Blog,Outbreaks & Recalls | August 8, 2021

The Chicago Tribune reported this last week that the Illinois Department of Public Health is looking into whether a recent E. coli outbreak is linked to a Portillo’s in Glendale Heights. Here is everything we know about this Potential Portillo’s… read more

Most Common Food Allergies

Food Allergens,Food Safety | July 31, 2021

An estimated 32 million Americans have food allergies, with 5.6 million of those being children under 18 years old. That breaks down to one in every 13 children and one in every ten adults having a diagnosable allergy to one… read more

Food Poisoning Statistics

Food Safety | June 30, 2021

People contract food poisoning after consuming food or drink contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins. Those most susceptible to foodborne illnesses are small children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune symptoms. Here… read more