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Dr. Ingham is a Food Science Professor, Extension Food Safety Specialist at the University of Wisconsin. You can email Dr. Ingham at or check out her web site at:

  • Illnesses linked to restaurant/deli foods February 19, 2018
    The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as a result of an outbreak of illness linked to Hepatitis A. There have been at least 750 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Michigan, with more than 80% of ill individuals hospitalized. The outbreak, which includes cases in California, Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Nevada, New York, Arkansas […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Food Safety & Backyard Poultry February 19, 2018
    In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more than 1,100 people across 48 states and killing one. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns individuals that contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can carry […] […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Start at home to help fight foodborne illness February 13, 2018
    European Union member countries recently released data on foodborne outbreaks in Europe in 2016. Results showed that 205 of the 521 “strong-evidence” outbreaks, or 39%, were caused by the consumption of food in private homes. The number of outbreaks linked to food consumed in homes far exceeded the number of outbreaks linked to food in […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Dog food recall; 2 children sick with Salmonella February 12, 2018
    Raws for Paws is recalling 4,000 pounds of its Ground Turkey Pet Food due to possible Salmonella contamination after reported illnesses, including two children who have been infected with Salmonella Reading. The food is sold online by Christofersen Meats Co. Inc., doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis– no relation to Swanson Meals. The Minnesota De […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Environmental chemicals in food: should you be worried? February 12, 2018
    Several recent stories in the news media have reintroduced questions related to two chemicals which may be in our food, especially perchlorate and BPA. Perchlorate is a chemical used in fireworks, road flares, explosives, and rocket fuel. It is also sometimes present in bleach and in some fertilizers.Perchlorate  forms naturally in the environment in small a […]
    Barb Ingham

Educators Cry ‘Fowl’ Over Turkey Safety Mistakes
When you think “Thanksgiving”, what comes to mind? Turkey! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one-sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. With that many turkeys, there’s bound to be a few fiascos on the festive day. Click here for more information.
Pickle Bill Eases Regulation on Small Growers & Home Canners
The new law would allow individuals to sell home canned fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and other community events without obtaining an expensive food processing license. To learn more on what Assembly Bill 229 referred to as the ‘Pickle Bill’ covers please visit the website below:
Is the Changing Economy Affecting Your Budget?
With the ever changing economy, take advantage of the following resources to help you save money and make the upcoming winter a little more manageable with information on: When Prices Rise: Living Within Your Income, Tips to Help Lower the Grocery Bill and Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage.
FREE Canner Gauge Testing Available
This is the season for canning fruits and vegetables. Dial gauges should be tested every year to make sure they are accurate and at the right pound of pressure. The Shawano County UW-Extension office, 311 North Main Street, Rm 101, Shawano will test dial gauges at no charge anytime of the year. To make an appointment, call (715) 526-6136 to set up a time to have your canner cover tested. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Food Storage Information
Do you ever wonder how long you can store canned foods, frozen foods, baking products, and other food items? The following web site should help you answer some of these questions:
New Guide to Alzheimer’s Caregiving from the National Institutes of Health
NIH has come out with an excellent, simple, easy to ready guide for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. It is also comprehensive, from dealing with financial issues through wandering and medical conditions in its 140+ pages.
Food Safety Tips for Seniors – What to Keep, What to Toss
A lot has changed over your lifetime – including the way food is produced and distributed. It used to be that food was produced close to where people lived. Many people shopped daily, and prepared and ate their food at home. Eating in restaurants was saved for special occasions. Today, food in your local grocery store comes from all over the world. And nearly 50 percent of the money we spend on food goes to buy food that others prepare, like “carry out” and restaurant meals.
Food safety Tips for Seniors (pdf, 277KB)

Check out this PSA on safe sleeping for your infant. For more information on where  to receive a free crib visit

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Kara Skarlupka
Shawano County Healthy Families & Communities Coordinator
311  N Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-4863 Main Line 6136
Fax: 715-526-4875



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