USDA food apps and web games includes advice on how long to keep ham

The latest tweet from the USDA’s food and nutrition service asks followers if they need “nutrition info on-the-go” followed by links to apps and web games for use by kids and adults, including some dealing with pigmeat products.

The USDA’s own “Ask Karen” app, for example, offers “24/7 virtual assistance and tips on preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry and egg products”.

Clicking on the link takes followers to a listing of tips which includes one headed “ham thawing time” and another headed “how long can you keep ham in the refrigerator”.  There’s plenty of follow-on advice is each case.

Further down the USDA launch page, there’s a listing of web games for kids to play, all with the aim of imparting essential food information. Highlighted games include “Ninja Kitchen” and “The Food Detectives”.

The Ninja intro states: “Speed is important, but in this kitchen, safety comes first. Stop for lunch at a cafe staffed entirely by ninjas.”

The Food Detectives intro is somewhat more sober, stating: “Through playing to learn, youth will understand the importance of the key messages in the Fight BAC food safety program.”

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