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SOURCE Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
CHICAGO, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spring is now upon us, welcoming flowers, warmer weather and of course spring cleaning. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with ConAgra Foods encourages Americans to give their kitchens a thorough cleaning with tips from the Home Food Safety program's www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
"Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to give the kitchen a good food safety check and cleaning, especially refrigerators and freezers where raw meat, poultry and seafood is stored," says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson Karen Ansel.
During National Nutrition Month, Ansel shares simple steps from www.HomeFoodSafety.org to help reduce cross contamination in the kitchen, and minimize the risk of food poisoning:
"Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places around the kitchen, not just on hands alone," Ansel says. "Unless people wash their hands, utensils and surfaces the right way, they could unintentionally spread bacteria to their food and family."
"Everything that comes in contact with food must be kept clean all year long to reduce cross-contamination, including the refrigerator," Ansel says. "Spring is the perfect time to clean up and set regular cleaning routines."
"Whether in the pantry or refrigerator, it's important to make sure food items haven't spoiled," Ansel says. "Remember – when in doubt, toss it out!"
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of food poisoning and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens. More information can be found at www.homefoodsafety.org.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America's households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
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