Food Safety /Nutrition
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Tip Tuesday: Back to School food safety

How does that rhyme go again? “Off to school we go, it’s off to school we go, we take our lunch and ride the bus …” Something like that, right?

And parents, of course, want to make sure their children’s lunches are safe. There is plenty of expert information, including these details from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, available to those packing lunches to make sure everything is safe when it leaves the …

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Food Safety /Front End /Mark Skogen
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Summer Storms Foster Teamwork

The recent run of hot days here in Wisconsin generated some intense thunderstorms and left thousands without power for various lengths of time.

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During outages like this, people often think about how they will get their garage door open, keep the kids entertained, or prevent all the food in the refrigerator from spoiling. In a grocery store, we have some of the same concerns when …

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Food Safety /Meat & Seafood
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Tip Tuesday: Tenderized Meat

You may have heard the recent hype about food that is tenderized mechanically as well as the proposed regulations for that practice. But what exactly is it and what are the potential hazards associated with it?

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Let’s start with the definition. Mechanical tenderization is essentially that, a mechanical process that involves either the pounding or piercing of hundreds of small blades or needles into meat in …

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Food Safety /Meat & Seafood
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Mythbuster Monday: Brown and purple hamburger meat

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That’s right! It’s Taco Tuesday. Or, Taco Monday … whatever works in your house.

So you’re all excited about an evening fiesta with ground beef and all the toppings (and maybe some margaritas) so you grab a package of fresh ground beef from your local Festival Foods store. When you open it, you find that the middle is a much different color than …

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Food Safety /Nutrition
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Mythbuster Monday: Hard brown sugar

So you’re in the baking aisle and you look over bags of brown sugar for that perfect cookie (or cookie bite) recipe.

But you notice that those brown sugar bags are hard. And you wonder: What’s the deal? And then: Is it OK to eat?

The short answer: Yes!

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The hardening happens because brown sugar is the well hydrated cousin of granulated sugar. …

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Food Safety /Nutrition
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#TipTuesday: Waxy olives

Picture it: It’s Pizza Night at your house! You’re making a gorgeous homemade pizza and you need to top it off with some pitted black olives so … you crack open a can of olives and find what appear to be some “questionable” ones inside.

You know, those that appear to be kind of covered in a waxy, sort of slimy-looking film?

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We asked …

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Eating Gluten Free /Food Safety /Nutrition /Produce
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Melon Mania

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Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon … what’s your favorite type of melon? Not only do melons have a delicious rich flavor, but they are also low in calories and fat. They contain a broad spectrum of nutrients, the highest being vitamins A and C. As you would guess, they are full of water, which is a bonus for hydration in the summertime!

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Food Safety
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Behind the Scenes: Recall Process

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A product has been recalled.

Now what happens at Festival Foods? How do we determine if our guests have received the affected product? What types of precautions do we take at the store level to make sure our guests don’t purchase those recalled products?

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Bakery /Food Safety /Produce
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Addressing Food Waste

Did you know that each year in the United States alone over 60 million tons of food is wasted? That is a lot of grub! That’s also a big problem. At Festival Foods, we are committed to our green initiatives, which includes the repurposing of a lot of what was once – waste! Here are three major ways that Festival Foods is part of the food waste solution:

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Food Safety
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Team Food Safety: How we take care of you

It seems like food recalls are in the news every week. Or heck, almost every day.

And food safety is something we take incredibly seriously at Festival Foods. So much so that we have a crack team of associates dedicated to making sure the products we offer our guests are the highest possible quality.

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And what better way to highlight our commitment …

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