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    Chow Line: Some food allergies really aren’t food allergies

    My husband has always assumed he is allergic to strawberries, but it turns out that he’s not allergic at all. He just has an intolerance to them. How common is that?
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    Chow Line: Nontoxic Food Decorations Aren’t Always Edible

    I’m making a batch of holiday goodies, and I’m using several kinds of festive decor on the cakes, cookies, and pies. Some of this glitter and sparkly stuff is very pretty, but I’m wondering if it’s really safe to eat.  
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    Chow Line: With Holiday Baking Season in Full Swing, a Reminder from CDC to Just Say No to Eating Raw Dough

    My grandkids and I have a tradition of spending a Saturday afternoon this time of year baking pies, cakes, and cookies for the holidays. I’ve always let my grandkids lick the spoon from the raw cake batter and raw cookie dough, but now my son is telling me it’s not safe to do so. Why is that?
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    Chow Line: Update on Romaine Lettuce Safety Alert

    Well, that depends on where the romaine lettuce was grown.
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    Chow Line: Holiday Indulgence in Moderation?

    Do you have any tips on how I can indulge in all the holiday food festivities without overdoing it?
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    Chow Line: A Year or Two is not Too Long to Use Uncooked Frozen Turkey

    I bought two turkeys last November, with the intent to cook one at Thanksgiving and the second one for New Year’s Day. We ended up going to a friend’s house on New Year’s instead, so now I still have the frozen turkey from last year in my freezer. Is it safe to cook it for our Thanksgiving meal this year?
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    Chow Line: Less Screen Time During Meals Can Help Promote Healthier Eating in Children

    My kids love to watch TV or view their cellphones or tablets while they eat. I used to eat cereal on Saturday mornings and watch cartoons when I was a kid, but my children prefer to watch a screen at every meal, every day. Is this something I should be worried about?
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    Chow Line: How to Carve Pumpkins Safely

    Since I’m not crafty in the least bit, I don’t know the best way to carve a pumpkin. Can you help?
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    Chow Line: Newly Updated Foodkeeper App Helps Reduce Food Waste

    How do I know when an item of food is spoiled?
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    Chow Line: Some Synthetic Food Flavoring Additives Banned

    What are synthetic food flavoring additives and why have some of them banned from use?