May 28, 2022

Food Safety Questions? USDA Releases Mobile Version of "Ask Karen" Virtual Assistant

From the Mobile Gov Blog:

Ask Karen is mobile! Now you can get all of your food safety questions answered on the go. From your web-enabled mobile device, you can browse food safety information, send email and call a toll-free number. If you are using an iPhone, iPad or Android device you can web chat live with a food safety expert Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST.


Ask Karen provides 24/7 virtual assistance and tips on preventing food-borne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products. Mobile Ask Karen has all the same features as Ask Karen from your desktop or laptop. You can get answers to your food safety questions while at the grocery store, farmers market, in your kitchen, or while at your barbecue grill.

Ask Karen is provided by the Food Inspection Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Direct to Ask Karen at:

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