New site features food safety information

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The federal government unveiled a new consumer Web site today at www.foodsafety.gov.

The site is designed to help consumers and families get current information on food safety and food recalls in one place, officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

The new site will feature information from agencies across the federal government that deal with critical food and food-safety information, including preventive tips about how to handle food safely, alerts on life-saving food recalls, and the latest news from the key agencies.

Consumers can sign up in one place to receive e-mail and RSS alerts on recalled or potentially unsafe food and hear from government scientific experts on food safety.

Later phases of the site will include recall feeds for texting and mobile phones. The site will also feature a foodsafety.gov widget that the public and the media are encouraged to download and promote on their Web sites and social networking sites. The widget will instantly update viewers with the latest food safety recalls and will be a valuable public health and safety tool

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