Nutrition & Food Safety

Program Contact: Bridget Rohner, WSU Extension Educator
(509) 725-4171 •

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Students prepare healthy snack during Food $ense class time.

Food $ense

Program educators teach nutrition, food safety, and cooking, while helping students strengthen their reading and math skills. Target audience: Preschool through 8th grade youth and their families in the Harrington, Kahlotus, Lind, Odessa, Ritzville and Washtucna School Districts.

Grow Healthy Kids

FREE   2-Part Series – Making Healthy Food Choices

WSU Extension Office, 205 W Main Ave, Ritzville 
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Wednesday, March 8 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Eating Well and Making Healthy Food Choices with Diabetes

Making healthy food choices is important for everyone, but for people with diabetes it is even more important. It may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Learn the basics for making food choices to control your diabetes. Find out how to make small changes around your regular food choices and recipes.

Presented by: Sandy Brown, Food Safety and Nutrition Faculty
WSU Clark County Extension

Wednesday, March 22 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Eating Gluten-Free – What Does This Mean?

Many people have chosen to eat gluten-free because they have a gluten intolerance or wheat allergies or Celiac disease. Other people feel it is a healthier way to eat. This workshop will help you understand more about gluten, the reasons behind the gluten-free diet trends and how to support a gluten-free eating plan. Label reading and how to identify foods with gluten, tips for eating away from home and gluten free cooking will be included.

Presented by: Margaret Viebrock, Family & Consumer Sciences Faculty
WSU Douglas County Extension

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WSU Extension education programs are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through the local Extension Office. Non-Extension services or products may be mentioned for educational purposes. No endorsement is ever intended. Reasonable requests for special accommodations for programs may be requested by calling  509-659-3209 at least 10 days in advance.

Food Safety Notice:

May 4, 2016

Consumers are being advised to toss out or get a refund on frozen products under a massive recall by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, due to possible Listeria contamination, which can cause serious and even fatal illnesses.
Hundreds of different frozen fruit and vegetable products in various package sizes, with labels from Safeway, Costco, Trader Joe’s and many more, are involved in this recall.
Consumers with questions can contact the company at 844-483-3866.
Or check out this FDA news release with the list of recalled products:

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Visit the WSU Extension’s Consumer Food Safety Webiste!
You will find resources and information on general food safety topics, home food preservation, food poisoning, and much more.

You Can Prevent Food-borne Illnesses!

Foodborne illnesses can fool you. When you’re sick and up half the night with a headache, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, you probably blame it on what you ate last. You may be blaming the wrong food, however, for it can take 24 or 36 hours, even up to several days, for you to get sick from some of the pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) that cause foodborne illness. You also might be surprised to know that you could just as easily have gotten sick from food prepared at home, as from eating food prepared elsewhere or from eating in a restaurant.

Foodborne illnesses affect millions of Americans each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Estimate that in the United States alone there are 76 million cases of foodborne illnesses each year, and that these result in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.

You can reduce your risk of getting food-borne illnesses by following the Food Safety Guidelines.
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Using and Caring for Your Pressure Canner (PNW421)

Preserve the Taste of Summer -- comprehensive food preservation program that includes eight lessons.

Preserve the Taste of Summer

Comprehensive good preservation program that includes eight lessons. It is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older who is interested in learning how to safely preserve foods. More Preserve the Taste of Summer Information.

More Food Preservation Resources

At home food preservation can be a rewarding experience, but proper steps must be followed in order to ensure safety.  It can be tempting to try that old recipe passed down through the generations, but we don’t recommend it!  Many of those old recipes are no longer safe by today’s standards.  It’s not worth taking the chance of making your family and friends sick!

You can trust that all of the resources listed on these pages are chock full with current research-based information, and every recipe has been lab tested to ensure it’s safety for your family.

Food Preservation Resource Handout – Lincoln-Adams

Extension Publications

Fruits & Vegetables

Meat, Seafood, Poultry and Eggs

Spanish Publications

 Extension Fact Sheets

 Other Research-Based Resources

Child Passenger SafetyYoung girl in car booster seat

In 2010, more than 1,200 children ages 14 years and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 171,000 were injured. But parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference.

Whenever you’re on the road, make sure your child passengers are buckled in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. The safest place for children of any age to ride is properly restrained in the back seat.
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For information on local Child Passenger Seat Safety Check Events contact Bridget Rohner.