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Spring Holiday Food Safety Tips

Union County, NJ – March 29, 2022 — The spring holiday season is here, and the Union County Board of County Commissioners advises residents to observe a few simple guidelines that prevent food contamination when cooking, displaying or decorating eggs.

“Food safety is always important, and at this time of year it is especially helpful to refresh our knowledge of fact-based guidelines that prevent contamination and illness related to food handling,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.

Union County residents can find expert guidance in a new article titled, “Egg Care for Spring Celebrations,” by Dr. Karen Ensle, EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS, through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. The article is available online at ucnj.org/rce.

Dr. Ensle describes how to follow food safety guidelines during the holidays, such as keeping a clean kitchen, preventing cross-contamination, using thermometers, observing the “Two-Hour Rule” for decorated eggs, and more.

The Rutgers Extension is a statewide program based at Rutgers University. It is aimed at connecting the public with scientific research that benefits community health and well-being, and is supported in Union County by the Commissioner Board.

More information on food safety is available at Gateway to Government Food Safety Information at www.foodsafety.gov, or call the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854, or TTY 1-800-256-7072.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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