RETAILERS JOIN USDA'S 'THERMY' CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has formally launched its "Thermy" campaign encouraging backyard barbecuers to use food thermometers in cooking all meat, poultry and egg products.Retailers are quickly embracing the initiative with a variety of current or planned promotions at the store level, combining the government-approved literature with their own food-safety programs.Retailers

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has formally launched its "Thermy" campaign encouraging backyard barbecuers to use food thermometers in cooking all meat, poultry and egg products.

Retailers are quickly embracing the initiative with a variety of current or planned promotions at the store level, combining the government-approved literature with their own food-safety programs.

Retailers who've signed on so far include Ahold formats Giant Food, Landover, Md.; Tops

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