Ask Karen: USDA Food Safety Info on Your Phone

Ask Karen: USDA Food Safety Info on Your Phone

Anjali Prasertong
May 17, 2011

At a picnic and wondering if the potato salad is still safe to eat? Government food safety information is now available on the go thanks to a new mobile version of the USDA website Ask Karen.

Submit a query to Karen and a list of related questions and answers will come up. The information is useful and to the point, which is helpful when you are looking for a reliable answer quickly. But the search results can be hit or miss; I sometimes had to scroll through a couple pages of unrelated results before finding the topic I was looking for.

On the bright side, this led to the discovery of some interesting topics, like the government's official instructions for making a turducken. Good to know!

Despite the slightly clunky functionality, this is a site worth bookmarking on your phone for quick and definitive answers to food safety questions.

Check it out:

Related: Five Food Safety Myths Debunked!

(Images: USDA)

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