WASHINGTON – Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Undersecretary for Food Safety for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), will have live “Virtual Office Hours” on Twitter on Sept. 27 as part of National Food Safety Education Month, according to the agency. The event is an imitative by the agency to better reach consumers.

Participants can submit food safety related questions in advance to the @USDA Twitter account using #AskUSDA.

Dr. Hagen will address topics such as:

• How can I keep my family safe from foodborne illness?
• What is USDA doing to bring down rates of E. coli and Salmonella illnesses?
• If I discover a problem with my food, where can I report it?
• What should I do if I have a recalled product?