Avoid salmonella: Wash melons before cutting

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We are very happy to welcome Joyce Doyle as our new Extension agent for 4-H/Youth Development in Carroll County. Joyce started here Monday and hit the ground running. She has had extensive experience in education with the Grant County School System and as Grant County 4-H Agent the past five years.

We know that she will be developing a strong 4-H/Youth program here.

Please come and welcome Joyce at a reception in her honor from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the office.

Homemakers Kick-Off

The Carroll County Extension Homemakers are holding their annual Homemakers Kick- Off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Extension office. A festive salad bar complete with breads and a varied selection of salad items will be served.

Dessert of ice cream and toppings will follow the program later in the evening.

The program will include learning about the “Learn with Us!” sessions and upcoming programs for the 2012-13 year.

Members will be invited to share ideas for programs and activities and sign up for committees they wish to work on the coming year. Special entertainment is planned.

All members are invited and encouraged to attend as this is a special event. Guests and anyone interested in learning more about Extension Homemakers are welcome to attend. 

Safe handling of melons

With the recent outbreak of salmonella from fresh cantaloupes imported into Kentucky from Indiana, safe handling is very important. There is hardly anything more satisfying in late summer than a luscious, fresh, ripe melon – especially one that’s locally grown. 

That these nutritious fruits can be enjoyed safely. Here are safe-handling tips for melons:

Buy locally from reputable sources. Micro-organisms such as salmonella multiply over time, so shorter transportation time for the fruit means less incubation time for the harmful bacteria.

Wash your hands. As with preventing the flu, always wash your hands before and after handling fresh produce.

Wash melons thoroughly. Use clean running water and a clean vegetable brush to scrub all debris off the surface of melons and other fruits and vegetables.

Keep it clean. Always use clean, sanitized knives and cutting boards to cut melons.

Keep them chilled. Once cut, store melons in the fridge below 40 degrees Fahrenheit; be sure to eat them within a few days.

For more information, visit online to get a fact sheet from Janet Kurzynski, PhD., University of Kentucky Extension  Food and Nutrition Extension specialist. “Fruits and Vegetables: Food Safety” can be found at www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/factshts/FN-JSK-159.pdf.

Also, check out “A Guide to Micro-organisms” at www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/factshts/FN-SSB.011.pdf. This provides a broad overview of the most common sources of food-borne illnesses.

Useful publications from other universities provide information specifically about melon safety: the Fact Sheet from University of Florida Cooperative Extension, EDIS.ufl.edu/fy488; and the Fact Sheet from Colorado State Cooperative Extension, www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09380.html.


Dates of Interest

Aug. 28:  Welcome reception for new 4-H agent Joyce Doyle 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Extension office

Aug. 28: Carroll County Extension District board meeting is 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office

Aug. 30: Extension Homemakers Fall Kick-Off is
6 p.m. at the Extension office

Sept. 6: Learn with Us program features “Plate it Up!” taught by Rosie Allen, 6 p.m. Extension Office. Living Well books given to first 10 to sign up.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.