Consumer Q’s

Does rinsing or washing raw poultry remove germs?

(Consumer Q’s is prepared by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Gary W. Black, Commissioner.)

Q: Should I rinse or wash raw chicken before cooking it?

A: No. Rinsing or washing poultry before you cook it is ineffective at killing germs and can actually spread them. You can contaminate the kitchen by splashing and dripping on utensils, countertops and other food. Recent university studies re-confirm this. Bacteria present on the surface of the meat or in the meat are destroyed by cooking it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. * * *

Q: Is it true that cooked pumpkin may be good for dogs?

A: Please consult your veterinarian before adding pumpkin to your dog’s diet. Some veterinarians may recommend mixing a little cooked pumpkin with regular dog food to add vitamins, minerals and fiber to your dog’s diet or to address certain health conditions. If you choose to add it, be sure to select canned pumpkin — not pumpkin pie filling. The pie filling has sugar and spices that are not good for dogs. Instead of canned, you may want to cook your own pumpkin or butternut squash and use that instead. * * *

Q: What are some tips for succeeding with pansies?

A: Prepare the bed beforehand by adding compost, especially if you have heavy clay or sandy soil. If planting in containers use high-quality potting soil and the largest containers possible. Make sure the containers have a drainage hole at the bottom. Plant the pansies where they will receive at least four hours of unfiltered sunlight each day. Provide morning sun if possible. To fertilize, use a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 and follow directions on the label. It is always better to under-fertilize than to use too much. Water your plants, especially those in containers, before a hard freeze. Keep the old flowers pinched off so they don’t produce seeds. This is called deadheading and encourages the production of more blooms. * * *

Q: Will there be another Stallion to Gelding Day like last year?

A: Yes. Equine veterinarians across Georgia are joining the Georgia Equine Rescue League (GERL) to host the 3rd Annual Georgia Stallion to Gelding Castration Day, a low-cost castration clinic, for $100 per horse. GERL will pay $50 and the owner/client will pay $50. For more information contact the GERL website at www.gerlltd.org. * * *

If you have questions about services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, write Arty Schronce (arty.schronce@agr.georgia.gov) or visit the department’s website at www.agr.georgia.gov .



More Close Up

Red Cross Month

Piedmont Newnan to hold blood drive

March is Red Cross Month, and the organization is encouraging the community to give blood. To that end, Piedmont Newnan Hospital is holding ... Read More


Stop bullying seminar to be held March 9

The local, youth-driven organization Family Patterns Matter was created to prevent violence and substance abuse among the community’s ... Read More


Senior Living

Grief support group begins at Savannah Court

Savannah Court and Homestead Hospice held their initial bereavement support meeting on Feb. 25. Gary Clark, the chaplain at Homestead Hospic ... Read More


Healthy Living

Construction under way for Radiation Oncology Center

Newnan started to become known as a medical mecca in 2012 with the doors opening to both Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Cancer Treatment Cente ... Read More


Coweta Pregnancy Services center offers compassion

The stress and uncertainty of managing an unplanned pregnancy can be a challenge for anyone. Jill Reeves is the client services manager of ... Read More

Teen pregnancy: The good news and the bad

The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is among the highest in the world, and those at Coweta Pregnancy Services have their theories w ... Read More