Food Safety and Your Family: Taking Steps to Erase Consumer Doubt

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Frequent food recalls have left consumers worried about foodborne illness. With recent outbreaks affecting lettuce, spinach, peppers, beef, tomatoes, cilantro, peanut butter and pistachios, it seems like no food is safe.

With unemployment and health care costs on the rise, few Americans can afford missed work or medical costs from food poisoning. Foodborne bacteria can lead to medical impairments, bankruptcy and — in serious cases — death.

But consumers, aside from taking precautions when handling and cooking certain foods, can’t avoid contamination that occurs during manufacture, preparation or packaging. Potentially dangerous foods look no different from safe items. Through the naked eye, it is nearly impossible to know whether food is contaminated.

To solve America’s food safety issues, food must be guaranteed safe before it’s available for purchase. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration simply doesn’t have the manpower to inspect every farm, food manufacturer and food service operator. Luckily for consumers, some private labels are working to make America’s grocery store shelves safer.

Global Food Technologies, Inc. created its iPura Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program to significantly reduce the chances of food poisoning. Foods displaying the blue iPura seal have undergone testing, organic cleaning, more testing, and packaging in a controlled environment, preventing cross-contamination.

Americans purchasing iPura-branded foods know their items were packaged safely, so they don’t have to worry about serving up dangerous bacteria at dinnertime.

Private label food-safety programs like Global Food Technologies, Inc. could prove key in eliminating food safety concerns. Consumers will no doubt look for safe food brands, and in avoiding food poisoning, Americans will need fewer sick days. Food manufacturers and retail industries may also see benefits as consumer doubts about their brands are erased.

To find iPura food products, visit www.askyourgrocer.com.

Meeting Pets’ Needs on a Budget

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It is possible to care for, even pamper, your pet on a budget or fixed income. By planning carefully and making smart shopping decisions, you can save money on food, toys and treats.

– Save money on everyday essentials, such as pet food, by shopping at deep discount stores. Forty percent of the money Americans spend on pets is for food. You will find savings on name-brand pet food at a deep discount store such as Dollar General. Remember that you can save even more by buying private label food. Many private label products are equivalent to the national brands.

– Find lower-cost medical care. Local humane societies often sponsor free or reduced-price clinics for routine vaccinations or spaying or neutering. Learn about clinics offered in your area, which can save you from expensive vet visits. And, you don’t always have to visit the vet for some medical treatments. Dewormer, ear mite treatment and other medications are available over-the-counter.

– Enjoy the great outdoors with your favorite animal -; which doesn’t cost anything. For outdoor or indoor fun, your pet will need a few basic accessories like a leash, collar and water bowl. All of these inexpensive items are available at deep discount stores.

– Skip the pet day spa and groom your animal at home. You can save a lot of money by bathing and grooming your animal yourself. All you need to set up your own pet spa are shampoo, conditioner, a brush or comb, a hair dryer and nail clippers.

– Potty training and maintenance for pets can also be affordable. Deep discount stores such as Dollar General offer cat litter, litter pans, scoops and liners. Puppy pads are available for puppies that are being trained.

While buying the basics for your favorite animal, don’t forget to pick up a toy or treat. Dogs love toys, snacks or rawhide bones. Cats enjoy exercising on a scratching post or munching on catnip.