In an attempt to reach more consumers, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is now part of the Twitter world. FSIS will post food safety announcements on the popular social networking service.

"FSIS is launching a Twitter presence to reach out to an audience that the agency might not be reaching through traditional means of communication such as news releases and other publications," FSIS officials point out. To view the FSIS postings, click here.

Also new to FSIS' Web site are information feeds that summarize food recalls and news releases from the agency.

FSIS already provides RSS feeds for a podcasting series on food safety focusing on meat, poultry and egg products. It invites consumers to send food safety questions to AskKaren.gov or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) 674-6854.

Source: FSIS, Meatingplace.com