Virginia Cooperative Extension - Food Safety

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Food Safety


I'm working with several Agents in central district to answer your Questions. The Project is called the Wonder Project, and it is developed to help you become a life long learner. So participate,
send in your questions and we will research some of them if yours is picked. The answers will be aired on u tube on Wednesdays starting June 17,2020. To submit your question you can email me at [email protected].
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The Two Biggest Food Safety Hazards on Thanksgiving Day

I serve as an Area Food Safety Agent in Central Virginia providing educational programming that addr

Operating as usual

COVID-19 – Disinfecting with Bleach 04/06/2020

COVID-19 – Disinfecting with Bleach

As we all search for disinfecting cleaners here is a resource from Michigan State University for mixing plain bleach depending on the % sodium hypochlorite in the bottle you may have:

COVID-19 – Disinfecting with Bleach In this post, we explain how you can use liquid household bleach to disinfect hard surfaces.


Here is a quick handwashing video to help parents with kids handwashing! Several of us worked to get this done and thanks to Karen and Keaton!

COVID-19 Emergency Information Center 03/26/2020

COVID-19 Emergency Information Center

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers' Markets, farm stands, you picks and auctions relating to Va Executive Order 53

COVID-19 Emergency Information Center The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has established this Coronavirus (COVID-19) website to provide relevant and up-to-date guidance and resources related to agriculture and agribusiness concerns.


Resource for Farmers Markets....


Have questions about COVID-19 and take out meals?.....

The Importance of Handwashing 03/18/2020

The Importance of Handwashing
Short video for handwashing

The Importance of Handwashing Renee Boyer teaches the proper technique to wash your hands.


Cleaning and disinfection strategies for Coronavirus....

Halloween | 10/17/2019

Halloween |

As a parent, Halloween can be as much fun as a nightmare when it comes to taking kids out. Parties at friends houses bring relief in your knowledge of the food and people. Going out into neighborhoods you are not familiar with or large parties the kids are invited too can be a cause for concern. Lets face it, kids with large bags of candy can not resist snacking despite parents warning of waiting. Here is a link to several good articles to help parents on this night of fun and scares!

Halloween Food Safety:

Be safe Trick or Treating!

Halloween | Even though it’s not an official holiday, Halloween is much beloved by children and adults alike. What could be more fun than trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, or costume parties?


Do you know the proper temperature to cook venison too? All our food has recommended temperatures to ensure safety. Respond with your best guess.


A new program series....Into the Woods. This program is for new and seasoned hunters to make sure their Whitetail harvest is safe from the woods to home. Properly handled venison sets the stage for a great meal. Learn about proper evisceration, carcass cooling, processing, aging, making jerky and more. Sign up today by calling the Dinwiddie Extension Office at 434-469-4514.


Join us for our Farmer's Market Vendor Workshop: Understanding the Regulations. Are you a new vendor or unsure about whether you can sell your product or not? Learn about the regulations and home food exemptions for Farmer's Markets. Register and pay your $5 by April 23rd to reserve your seat. Registered attendees will receive a food safety training certificate!


Join us on April 18th to learn about food labeling requirements for Farmer's Markets. Participants are encouraged to bring products & ingredient lists they would like assistance for. Register by April 15th to reserve your seat!


With the holidays approaching many are in the kitchens baking away. Being a dad I know how hard it can be to keep little hands away from the chocolate chip cookie dough or the cake batters. Something about them just draws hands. The CDC recently shared information, while many of us know not to eat batters with raw eggs, many don't realize you shouldn't eat raw batter. Why? Flour is a raw agricultural product and has not been treated to kill germs like E. Coli. In 2016, infections linked with raw flour made 63 people sick. Here are some practical, safe handling tips:
Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with flour and other raw ingredients:
Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat-foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.
Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.
Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough:
Wash your hands with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces that they have touched.
Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water


Canned Corn Recall for 25 states
Fiesta corn with red and green peppers are being recalled.
Del Monte’s notice says the “under-processing” deviations that occurred during the production of the canned corn “were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.” The recall notice also says “it is important to note that there have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date.”
The recall information may be found at:
This site contains information for consumers to determine if the cans they have are being recalled.


The canning jams class for tonight has been cancelled due to no registrations. I hope everyone has Happy Holidays!


CDC has narrowed the romaine lettuce warning to romaine harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. The CDC Food Safety Alert may be viewed at:


The holidays can be hectic at times, all that food that needs to be cooked, guests coming, forgetting that important cooking item, etc. Here is one place you can find all the information you need on proper cooking temperatures, handling, storing, and more. The kitchen companion can be found here:

Would you prefer an app for the phone? Take a look at the food keeper app:

Finally, everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with friends and family.


Thanksgiving tips for a safe turkey. Remember, to thaw your turkey safely, allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of bird to thaw in the fridge. Proper cooking temperature is 165 degrees. Be sure to place leftovers in the fridge after finishing the meal. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


Canning Jams for the Holidays class!!! December 13th in McKinney


Food Safety after the Storm: Many have had a loss of power for several days and many more are still without power. Knowing which foods in our fridges and freezers are still safe to eat can be hard. The best way to know is to check the temperature of the cold foods, they should be at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. If they are below 41 degrees then they are safe and for frozen foods they are safe for re-freezing. Many other foods like ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, eggs, etc. can be more difficult to know whether they are safe. Here are two links to help you figure it out:
Refrigerated Foods:
Frozen Foods:

If you still do not have power and if your interior unit temperatures are below 41 degrees then bags of ice can be used to help keep the food cold until power is restored.

Contact your local Extension office if you have questions or post a question below and we will be glad to help. Stay safe.


Do you want more room to store your food? Want to be prepared for emergencies? Do you like to spend your time outdoors and need good food that is cheap and easy to prepare? Join us on October 23rd as we discuss how dehydrating foods may fit into your emergency food plans and food for the trail. We will have a cooking demo using dehydrated foods so you can taste for yourself! The registration deadline has been extended to October 19th. See you there! Please leave comments about what food you are interested in dehydrating.


Do you want more room to store your food? Want to be prepared for emergencies? Do you like to spend your time outdoors and need good food that is cheap and easy to prepare? Join us on October 23rd as we discuss how dehydrating foods may fit into your emergency food plans and food for the trail. We will have a cooking demo using dehydrated foods so you can taste for yourself! The registration deadline has been extended to October 19th. See you there! Please leave comments about what food you are interested in dehydrating.


Ok, this has nothing to do with food safety but so many of us have pets, a resource for pet owners in preparing for emergencies. Here is a link to a FEMA guide for pet owners to help keep our other family members safe:


Some helpful information as we all prepare for Florence. A Consumers Guide for food safety during storms and hurricanes can be accessed at: Everyone be safe and prepared.



Crewe, VA

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Nottoway County Public Library Nottoway County Public Library
414 Tyler St
Crewe, 23930

Nottoway Library was built at the Nottoway Courthouse in 1941. The library system now has three branches and the collection includes downloadable materials that can be found at

Nottoway County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office Nottoway County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
300 West Courthouse Road
Crewe, 23955

The Nottoway County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office prosecutes all felonies and many misdemeanors

Town of Crewe Town of Crewe
125 E Carolina Ave
Crewe, 23930

The purpose of this page is to keep Crewe citizens and guests informed of Town services and issues.