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Are Eggs Dyed for Easter Safe to Eat?

Dyed Easter EggsYes, if the answers to all the following questions are “Yes.”

 

Is the dye safe to ingest?  Check the package.  Most dyes in children’s kits are vegetable dyes and are safe.  However, some kits are meant to be used on blown-out eggs, and the decorative materials (such as sprinkles) aren’t intended for consumption. If you use food coloring, of course, that’s also edible. If the dye is edible, it’s okay to eat the eggs even if, when peeled, you note that  some color has leaked unto the egg white.

Spring Celebrations: What’s on Your Menu?

matzoUSDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline gets extra busy this time of year with brisket, baked ham, and egg questions. Here are some Spring food safety tips based on questions our Hotline Food Safety Specialists have received from callers.

 

How long can I keep a ham in the refrigerator before cooking it? 

 

To answer your question, we need to know what type of ham you’re buying and how it’s packaged. What does the label advise? The label is the best guide for determining storage time. It gives the product name, whether it’s smoked or cured, and whether you must refrigerate it. While USDA doesn’t require manufacturers to list the freshness date on products, many do. Look for the instructions on the label that tell you how long you can keep the product. For example: “Best if used by April 15.”

Coffee, Juice, and Food in Central America

coffeePerhaps the best source of novel cooking ideas is dining outside of one's native country.  That's what my husband and I discovered recently. Guess what country we visited by mulling over the following food clues:

 

 

 

 

Organic Food, GMOs, the Safety of American Food, the Value of Use-By Dates, and More--Scientists Tell Us What They Think

GMOs graphPART 3 OF A 3-PART SERIES

 

We expected--and got--a range of opinions when we surveyed scientists about major food issues.  However, 5 of the 6 questions in Part 3 of the series elicited a significant majority preference for a particular answer. You'll find the statistics and the scientists' comments enlightening no matter what viewpoint you hold about GMOs, organic produce, use-by dates, grass-fed cattle, and the relative safety of American food.   

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