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    Chow Line: Have Fun and Be Food Safe When Tailgating

    I’ve finally got tickets to the game this weekend, and we’re planning a huge tailgate. Are there any food safety precautions I should take before, during and after the game? One of the great things about fall and football season is tailgating. But just like picnicking on the beach or in a park, there are precautions you can take to ensure that your tailgate is a fun gathering for all that doesn’t result in a bout of foodborne illness for any of your guests.
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    Chow Line: Fall Offers More Than Just Pumpkins

    I know that autumn is a great time to buy pumpkins, but I’m not so sure what other produce is in season in the fall. Any ideas?
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    Chow Line: Tips to Prevent Food Spoilage When the Power Goes Out

    Storm preparedness has been on my mind lately. I’m wondering what I can do to be ready in the event of a power outage to prevent the foods in my refrigerator from spoiling?  
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    Chow Line: September Is Food Safety Month and Is a Good Time to Learn Practical Tips

    My dad absolutely hates to waste food, so he tends to keep leftovers until they smell bad. Until then, they are safe to eat, as far as he’s concerned. Is that true?
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    Chow Line: Healthy, Stress-free Packed Lunches for School Start With Planning and Preparation

    My kids go back to school next week and I’m already stressing about what to pack for their daily lunches. Do you have any suggestions about how to make the process easier and the lunches more healthy?
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    Chow Line: Careful: Some People Foods Just Aren’t Good For Dogs

    My dog loves to sit under the table during dinner near the kids’ chairs in hopes of finding tidbits that may fall from their plates. I’ve even given our dog portions of food from our meal. Is that ok?  
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    Chow Line: Blowing Out Candles on Birthday Cake Is Gross to Some, But Not Dangerous

    I’ve always felt grossed out when people blow out the candles on birthday cake and then everyone else eats the cake. Am I wrong to feel that way? Doesn’t that spread germs?
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    Chow Line: Use-By, Sell-By, Best-By Dates Don’t All Mean the Same Thing

    I bought a carton of milk and it says, “Sell by July 25,” but today is July 28. Is the milk still OK to drink? Does the sell-by date mean the food is no longer safe to eat? What about the use-by or best-by date? I’m so confused!
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    Chow Line: Don’t Eat Uncooked Flour

    Is it true that you can you can get sick from ingesting uncooked flour?
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    Chow Line: Reusable Water Bottles Need to Be Washed Between Uses

    I heard recently that reusable water bottles can sometimes be a hotbed of germs. Is that true?