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TRIBUNE Area Focus Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Page 7 borne illness peaks ring summer months Brandt Ext. Educator Science hear it year after year: food carefully in the because food-borne - formerly called food - occurs more dur- warmer weather. But is Is true. Food-borne ill- increase during the months. Let's take at why the increase First of all, there are Bacteria present everywhere in environment including air, and water as well as humans and animals. love the hot, humid of summer, and grow at any other time year. Most food-borne grow fastest at tem- from 90 degrees to degrees F. Given the circumstances, harm- can quickly mul- on food. When this someone eating the get sick. there are the causes for the in summertime illnesses. activities increase. of us are cooking out- at barbecues, picnics on camping trips. The controls that we find our kitchens like thermo- cooking, and washing facilities aren't usually available. In addition, any food can become contaminated but rrlost food-borne illnesses are transmitted through food in which microorganisms are able to grow rapidly. These foods are referred to as potentially hazardous foods. They normally have high moisture content, contain protein and have neutral to slightly acidic pH levels. You can list off many of the foods included in this category like meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, and eggs. But would you include these in your list? Baked and boiled potatoes, cooked pasta, rice and beans, sliced melons, sprouts, garlic-and-oil mix- tures and tofu. All of these foods need close attention when handling, cooking, serving and cooling. Following are some basic safe food handling tips to beatbacteria anytime of the year. ***Wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds before and after handling any food. This is especially important when handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or any ready-to-eat food that won't be cooked before serving. Use paper towels for drying hands and wiping up spills. ***Cross-contamination occurs when bacteria are transferred from one food to another through a shared surface. Keep raw items from coming in contact with already cooked foods or foods that will be eaten raw. For example, when grilling, don't put cooked meat on the plate that held the raw meat. After cutting a raw chicken, clean the cutting board with hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly before cutting greens and veggies for a salad. ***You've heard it before - keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Avoid the "danger zone" between 41 and 140 degrees F. Food-borne bacte- ria multiply rapidly in this zone, in fact doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. The only way to know food is at a safe tem- perature is to use a food thermometer. If you don't have one, add it to your shopping list. ***Remember the 2-hour limit for potentially haz- ardous foods. Bacteria can grow to harmful levels if food is allowed to be at room tem- perature for longer than 2 hours. The 2-hour limit includes preparation time as well as serving time. On hot summer days when the tem- perature is 90 degrees F or higher, the safe use time is 1 hour. Find us on the Web at Anita's Conservatory of Dance in Lamberton is now accepting new students ages 3 - Adult. Classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling. Cali 507-752-7064 for more information and registration for fall classes. We are celebrating 25 years of experience. Auto & R.V. Repair Wheel Alignment Glajss Installed We have one of the South- west's most modern body shops, with separate paint- booth - all makes - KLASSE Sales & Service Westbrook, MN. 507- 274-6166 following concerned & responsible citizens and businesses support the ges, churches, and their activities. Greenwood w00oo., walnut Grove Funeral Nursery "Most complete garden & Home Landscape center in S.W. Minnesota" S. 4th Street Ph. 629-3485 Tracy . 23 Ph. 532-9430 Marshall Westbrook, MN Phone 274-5464 Tracy, MN. Phone 6294510 Farmers wCO=P,E Clements, Sanborn, Storden, Revere, Lucan, Westbrook, Avoca LAMBER.TON - MAIN OFFICE 752-7352 :hs Agency 507-859-2154 Walnut Grove, MN. 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN 5O7-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. Your local long term provider since 1961 149 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 PLANNING AN AUCTION? Household - Farm- Business Complete Auction Service Rich Reiner Springfield, MN. Phone 1-507-723-5243 Call collect. and landscape plants Fertilize garden Feeling the impact of a change in interest rates By Deb Brown U of M Ext. Service It's not too late to fertil- ize some of your outdoor plants. The heavy rainfall we experienced earlier this month has leached a lot of nutrients deeply into the soil where most plant roots can't reach them. This is especial- ly true in soil that is light and sandy, with good drainage. Many plants growing in raised beds or on berms will particularly bene- fit from additional fertilizer at this point. Fertilize flower and vegetable gardens, using a granular product that can be worked into the soil around the plants. If they've grown close together or the soil is covered with mulch, use a liquid fertilizer that will penetrate to the root zone, four to eight inches below the surface. Plants growing in con- tainers and hanging baskets are especially vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies when rainfall has been abundant. Fertilize them with liquid plant food every two or three weeks, all summer long. If you're growing those popu- lar, spreading "wave" style petunias in a sunny location, you might even need to fer- tilize each week for maxi- mum flower production. Fertilize roses at least once a month; but plan to stop after Aug. 1. Roses and other woody shrubs need to begin to 'harden off' and slow their growth rate in prepara- tion for winter dormancy. Young shade trees and fruit trees must harden off also. You can fertilize them once they're dormant, though, just before the ground freezes in late autumn. Or, you can wait until early next spring. Take a look at your yard. Some lawns are a paler green than they were before recent downpours. It's okay to apply a lawn fertilizer half-strength if you feel it's necessary, but only if you have the ability to keep your grass well-watered on a reg- ular basis, throughout the summer. If you can't, it's best to wait until fall before fertilizing. If you live in the Twin Cities Metro area, remember it's no longer legal to use phosphorus-contain- ing fertilizer on the lawn, so check that the product you apply has a nutrient analysis of "0" for it's middle number. Hearing Aid Sales & Service Repairs on all makes and models. FREE Hearing Aid Cleaning/ All hearing teats will be conducted by a MN Certified Audiologist who han- mot digital and computer programmable hearing aids. FRANK PACOVSKY PROFESSIONAL HEARING AID SERVICE 16 Years Experience Minnesota Care and Medical AsauV.ance Recipients Welcome Walk-ins welcome. For appt. call toll free 1-888-373-6038, Dr. Pabst Office at Mt. Lake - Thursdays 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. St. James Health Services - Clinic Hospital - Mon. from 1 - 4 p.m. Thank you for attending the 2nd Annual Shetek Hospitals Health & Fitness Fair. Your participation helped make the fair a huge success/Shetek Medical Services encourages you to talk to your physician about your test results. Knowledge and c,,mmunication ate the beginning of better health. Call Westbrook Health Center: 274-6121 Westbrc00k Health Center Recent change in the interest rate could impact many families. The positive side to the change could mean more interest earnings for savings accounts and retirement plans. The nega- tive side to the change could mean higher interest rates for major credit purchases, including homes, and per- haps even credit card accounts, depending on a families spending situation. The Credit Handbook, a publication of the MN Attorney General's Office, suggests that credit seems to be the American way of life. Is credit your way of life? Will a change in interest rates have a negative impact on your family spending? According to recent data, as described in The Credit Handbook, the aver- age American carries 8-10 credit cards. Because most people have easy access to credit, it is not surprising that 89 percent of Americans use at least 1 credit card. The reality is that it is hard to live without credit. Credit has advantages -- safety; flexibility; protec- tion against identity theft; convenience; potential lever- age option for more funding; and tool for money manage- ment. Credit also has disad- vantages -- always costs money; may be too easy to access; rewards the impulse for instant gratification; and can restrict future income. Families who will feel the negative side of the interest rate increase are probably those who also know the disadvantage side of using credit -- maybe feel- ing trapped by credit! Here's an example of the credit trap as suggested by The Credit Handbook. The average American family carries credit card debt of $4500. If this debt is on one card with an annual percentage rate of 18 percent and requires a minimum payment per month of 2 per- cent of the balance, it will take 44 years to pay this debt if only the minimum payment is made. Families in this situation should check the fine print of their card agreement to see what impact a change in prime interest rate may have on this card arrangement. Another way to decide if you are in a credit trap is to consider the warning signs of debt. You take cash advances on your credit cards to pay monthly living expenses including pay- ments to other credit cards. You make only minimum payments on your credit cards. Your regular credit card bills include late fees and penalty interest charges. You charge pur- chases that you formerly paid for with cash. You've reached or exceeded your credit card or line of credit limits. You spend more than 20 percent of your income on installment and revolving credit (beyond mortgage payment). You owe more now that you did at this time last year. Many circumstances, including a change in inter- est rates, can affect the financial situation of a fami- ly. 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