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Frequently Asked Questions: Food Safety & Preservation

Please contact MSU Extension-Oakland to answer your food safety and food preservation questions or call 248-858-0904.

What are the hours of the food safety and preservation hotline?

The food safety and food preservation hotline is answered from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, please call 248-858-0904.  If you call after our regular hours please leave a detailed message, including your name, area code and telephone number, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

How do I sign up for the Food Safety and Preservation Correspondence Course?

Complete the registration form, send it to us with payment and we will get you going.

What type of information is provided through the hotline?

Information about food, food safety, food preservation (including canning, freezing, drying, pickling) and nutrition is provided through the food safety and preservation hotline.  Specific diets or prescription diets are not addressed.

What about programs and presentations?

We do respond to requests for presentations and programs for Oakland County residents about food safety and nutrition education classes.  We also offer workshops that have been developed around locally grown produce.  Please contact Robin Danto at 248-858-0904 for details and questions.

How can I keep my food safe when the power goes out?

Loss of power can jeopardize the safety of your food.  It is important to know how to keep your food safe to minimize the potential for foodborne illness.  Meat, poultry, fish and eggs must be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees F. or below to ensure it is safe for consumption.  This link provides information on how to know if your refrigerated and frozen foods safe during and after a power outage.

How can I safely handle dry ice?

Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide.  It gives more than twice the cooling energy of frozen water per pound and therefore can be used to keep foods frozen during an extended power outage.  Certain precautions must be taken, however, when using dry ice as it can be dangerous. This link provides information on the safe use of dry ice during a power outage.