For egg safety questions on the go—just “Ask Karen”
August 9, 2012

ask_karenWondering why eggs should be refrigerated? Are you unclear about the dates on an egg carton? There’s an app for that.

Meet “Ask Karen”, your virtual assistant for egg safety. Since its debut in May 2011, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Mobile Ask Karen app has answered thousands of questions on the proper preparation, storage and handling of eggs to prevent foodborne illness. Ask Karen is available as an app on both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android platforms as well as a mobile-friendly website.

The app provides quick access to egg safety information when and where you need it—whether in the grocery store, in the kitchen or at a cook-out. It’s simple: simply click a question under the common questions tab. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for there, choose the “Submit Question” or “Live Chat” options.

A technical information specialist of the USDA’s meat and poultry hotline (1-888-674-6854) is also available to answer any questions you may have.

If you haven’t already, go to ( m on your smartphone).