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NMSU establishes food safety blog spot to inform public of food recalls

"Now what was that food recall I heard on the car radio?"


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Sonja Koukel, a community and environmental health specialist with NMSU's Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department, demonstrates the new Food Safety Blog Spot established by the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center, housed at New Mexico State University, and the New Mexico Food Protection Alliance at http://nmsufoodsafety.blogspot.com . (NMSU photo by Audrey Olmsted)

If this question has ever occurred to you, now there is a quick and easy way to find hazardous food recalls or food safety alerts issued by the federal government.

The Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center, housed at New Mexico State University, and the New Mexico Food Protection Alliance have established a blog spot where food recall notifications and alerts are posted.

The NMSU Food Safety and Protection blog site at http://nmsufoodsafety.blogspot.com has the latest notifications from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The notifications relate to New Mexico and the surrounding states of Texas, Arizona and Colorado.

"As part of the Food Protection Alliance program to help notify New Mexico citizens of potential hazardous foods, I review the Food Safety and Inspection Service notices and send emails to the NMSU Extension county offices so the county's alliance can help get the word out about the danger," said Sonja Koukel, a community and environmental health specialist with NMSU's Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department.

"Our agents asked us to establish a website where the notices could be archived," she said. "The county agents enjoy getting the information via emails, but they found it cumbersome to retrieve the emails when a community member asked for more information about the recall. The agents wanted an easily accessible Web location."

Through the blog spot, county food protection alliance groups may post alerts if they have found the recalled items in their counties.

"This site will give the food protection alliances a way to communicate vital information to help them to inform their neighbors of any food safety situations," Koukel said.