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FSIS Takes to Twitter for State Food Safety Alerts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service will use a  series of state-specific Twitter feeds to  more directly communicate with consumers who may be impacted by food safety alerts. 

The feeds, which will launch during the first week of March for all US states and territories, will inform consumers of state-specific recalls for meat, poultry and processed egg products,  and give information on food safety  during severe weather,  FSIS said in a release. 

"These new Twitter feeds provide yet another mechanism for us to provide consumers with critical updates and relevant information they need to protect their families from foodborne illness," USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen said in a release. "The immediacy of information-sharing through social media is unparalleled, and we believe these timely, targeted updates will better protect public health."

Twitter feeds for Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin launched on Friday.

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