|Script: Pregúntele a Karen and FSIS "En Español
Welcome to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “Food
Safety At Home” podcast series, featuring topics for the safe
handling, preparation and storage of meat, poultry and processed
I am Sandy King with the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Today we are going to listen to two friends learning food safety
through “Pregúntele a Karen” and the Food Safety and Inspection
Service’ En Español Web page.
(Ring, Ring) Hi Claudia! How are you? Listen, I need your help.
My in laws are coming this week and I want to prepare a
delicious dinner. I don’t want to disappoint anyone, especially
my mother in law. I need to roast a big turkey by myself and
that scares me a lot.
What a coincidence Maria. The other day I went to the
supermarket and found two employees from the U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture distributing food safety information with the
recommended internal temperatures to cook meat and poultry. They
gave me a magnet and a brochure with four simple steps to follow
when preparing and handling food at home: Clean, Separate, Cook
and Chill. They also suggested that I visit USDA’s Food Safety
and Inspection Service or FSIS Website for more details.
Hum, I believe I’ve read something in the newspaper. Let me
check…. (SOUNDS OF PEOPLE PASSING NEWSPAPER PAGES) here…the
newspaper says FSIS launched a new Spanish initiative that will
make food safety information more accessible to consumers.
Pregúntele a Karen (or PregunteleaKaren.gov) is an automated
response system, available 24/7, that contains information on
the prevention of foodborne illness and the safe handling and
preparation of food. This virtual representative also includes a
feature that allows consumers to send questions via e-mails and
Yes, Spanish programs developed by FSIS to enhance food safety
education among Hispanic consumers are more accessible now
through the revamped FSIS’ En Espanol Web page. This site
includes Spanish food safety fact sheets and publications, the
Food Safety at Home Podcasts series, and messages from the Todo
Cuenta Cuando se Trata de Cuidar a su Familia campaign.
Claudia, can I come visit? I don’t have a computer... and I want
to check out this site.
Of course! I’ll see you soon.
(Ring of door bell… person at door)
Hi Claudia, thank you for helping me.
No problem, I have a computer so we can access the pages and
learn how to handle meat and poultry safely.
Claudia… type www.fsis.usda.gov , when you get there, click on
En Espanol, and let’s see what we can find.
(Sound of typing on keyboard).
Wow! This Website offers valuable food safety information in
Spanish in the form of fact sheets, recall releases, news
releases, podcasts and videos, which mirror’s the FSIS main
This is wonderful. Now Spanish-speaking consumers around the
world will be able to ask questions and receive immediate food
safety information using this program. They also have the option
to chat live with a food safety specialist Monday through
Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Okay, let’s try it. Type in a question to see what it says.
Ok. I’m going to ask how to prepare a frozen 18 pound turkey.
(Sound of typing on keyboard)
Wow, they replied quickly. It recommends thawing a turkey that
size for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator. It says to cook it in
an oven set to at least 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 4 hours.
And to use a food thermometer to make sure the turkey reaches
the safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
This will kill any dangerous bacteria that could make us sick.
Claudia, thank you so much! This is very convenient, if I have
more questions I can also speak directly with a food safety
specialist through the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-888-MPHotline. That’s 1-888-674-6854.
Thank you for joining us for this episode of “Food Safety at
Home.” And remember, “Be Food Safe.”
Thanks for listening
to this Food Safety At Home podcast. Let us know what you think
of this podcast by sending your comments to
September 8, 2010