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New Hours for USDA Hotline

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline has expanded their hours to better serve consumers across the U.S.

To speak to a food safety expert, the hotline hours are now 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. The hotline also has a 24-hour online service called “Ask Karen” that answers thousands of questions via email or live-chat. This service is available in English or Spanish.

Contact the hotline at 1-888-674-6854 for your food safety questions.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline has been answering food safety questions since 1985.


About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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