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Are roadside blackberries safe?

I live next to highway twenty, and perhaps because no one wants to pick on the side of a busy road, but that's where I find the biggest blackberries in town. However, I think the Department of Transportation may spray herbicides along roads to prevent overgrowth. How is this application done? Is it...

By Kaci Buhl, | Featured Question

Should I worry about the cyanide in lima beans?

I've purchased yellow "butter beans" immature in the pods from a local farm stand. They are very good. But I just learned that lima beans have (or convert into) cyanide and so mature beans require long cooking to remove this "protective mechanism" that beans of this sort have evolved. My question is...

By Joy Waite-Cusic, | Featured Question

Using Steam Canners - SP50-1005

Naturally high acid foods maybe processed in either a boiling water canner or a steam canner; i.e., fruits, jams, jellies, and pickles. For years steam canners were not recommended but recent research has provided directions for their safe use.

Publication

Dates on Food Products

Dates on food labels help you judge how long the product will be at top quality (good flavor, texture, odor and nutritional value).

Fact Sheet

High Speed Hand Washing

Hand washing lesson for youth. Pre-curriculum lesson for food safety.

Fact Sheet

A Best Practices Guide to Open Air Poultry Slaughter

Small-scale poultry producers in Oregon who meet certain conditions have the option of slaughtering their poultry in an open air setting.

By Lauren Gwin, | Article

Clackamas County Family and Community Health Newsletter

Newsletter with upcoming events and resources related to the Clackamas County Family and Community Health.

Newsletter