There’s a new app for avoiding food poisoning
There’s a new app for avoiding food poisoning, and it’s from the U.S. government themselves.
There are some great apps out there to help you live healthier, like Farmstand, which helps you find the closest farmer’s market to your location, or Fooducate, which ranks foods in grocery store by health factors.
The FoodKeeper app, a free app from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is available on the Apple iPhone and Android platforms. It works by letting consumers set reminders for when the food and drink in their house is getting close to going bad.
Not only does it remind you when foods are reaching the end of the storage dates, it also shows how the foods you buy should be stored to maximize shelf life.
The recommended storage guidelines include tips for over 400 food items. These include baby food, dairy, meat, produce and much more, according to the USDA.
“Cooking advice is also offered to ensure users prepare products in ways that eliminate foodborne bacteria,” the agency explained in a press release.
The USDA included a list of the app features in their release:
∙ Find specific storage timelines for the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, depending on the nature of the product;
∙ Get cooking tips for cooking methods of meat, poultry and seafood products;
∙ Note in your devices’ calendar when products were purchased and receive notifications when they are nearing the end of their recommended storage date;
∙ Search the application with swipe gestures or voice control; and,
∙ Submit a question to USDA using the ‘Ask Karen’ feature of the application. ‘Ask Karen’ is USDA’s 24/7 virtual representative. The system provides information about preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.
How can I get it?
To download this awesome new app for avoiding food poisoning:
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1. “Avoid Food Poisoning? There’s an App for That.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.
2. “New USDA ‘FoodKeeper’ App: Your New Tool for Smart Food Storage.” USDA Blog. USDA, n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.