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FOOD NEWS February 2004

Halal Digest Header FEBRUARY 2004
ISSN 1533-3361
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ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAH
Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam. newspaper
FOOD NEWS
Tends in European foods for 2004. Market analysts Mintel see the following trends in Europe during 2004: more coverage to Glycemic Index labeling; collagen and silk protein will find their way into food and beverage products; more Greek-themed evenings as the Olympics approach and more marketing to allergy and intolerance sufferers. (Reported on www.foodnavigator.com on January 26, 2004.)
Basil and thyme essential oils may curb harmful bacteria in food. Research at Ghent University in Belgium indicates that basil and thyme essential oils can curb harmful foodborne bacteria. (Reported on www.foodnavigator.com on January 26, 2004.)
Spraying milk on wheat can cure mildew disease. Harper Adams University College researchers have found that spraying wheat plants with milk can cure mildew disease. Good news for dairy farmers. In Australia, milk is used on grape vines. (Reported on www.foodnavigator.com on January 12, 2004.) newspaper

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TURKEY
Turkey Turkeys must be thawed at a safe temperature. Frozen turkey is safe for long periods of time. However, thawing above 40°F may cause bacteria present before freezing to begin to grow again.

Frozen turkey should be stored in the freezer immediately after purchase. When ready to use, the turkey should be thawed in the refrigerator, in the microwave or in cold water. The water should be changed every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. If the turkey is thawed in the refrigerator, it may be refrozen without cooking. However, if thawed in the microwave or in cold water, it should be cooked immediately after thawing.

USDA or State inspected frozen turkeys that are purchased stuffed should be cooked frozen. They should not be thawed before cooking.

When cooking a turkey, it is not necessary to preheat the oven. The turkey should be cooked at a temperature of at least 325°F. The cooked turkey should reach at least 180°F in all parts. Check this with a thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh. Stuffing must reach at least 165°F.

(This information was extracted from the USDA FSIS website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.) newspaper

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