As children prepare to return to school, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has developed a food safety “science experiment” that parents and children can carry out together to make sure school lunches are safe to eat come lunchtime.
Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. In fact, children under the age of five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection among any other age group in the United States. This highlights the importance of following the USDA’s four food safety steps whenever preparing meals: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill, according to the USDA.
The experiment involves testing food temperatures of prepared lunch for the duration comparable to normal lunch packing until consumption. Cold items should still be below 40°F and hot items should be above 140°F. It is considered a “Danger Zone” when lunch food items are found between 40°F and 140°F.
For lunch packing tips and food safety questions, visit FoodSafety.gov.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (AgriLife) will host the 2014 Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation’s symposium on Sept. 18-19 in San Antonio. This is the second annual symposium sponsored by the Eng Foundation, which is the foundation established as a legacy of Caroline’s memory and as an aid in beef cattle research.
The symposium, titled “Innovative Intensification in Cow-Calf Systems,” will feature current research that explores how cattle producers can meet industry challenges and opportunities, according to AgriLife Today. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University will present topics including innovative intensification of cow-calf production, sustainable beef systems, fetal programming, cow efficiency, herd nutrition, management and health.
The event is open to the public and cattle ranchers who are interested in opportunities to expand production or increase land-use efficiency. Preregistration cost is $125 and student price is $50. Day of symposium cost is $150.
For more information, contact the Eng Foundation at 575-743-6331 or email@example.com, or call Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science at 979-845-1541.