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Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country’s cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.

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Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working Adults

Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working Adults

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drinking too much alcohol is a big factor in deaths of adults under age 65, CDC researchers say, from obvious risks like vehicle accidents to more subtle effects like higher rates of breast cancer.

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How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Health officials say online restaurant reviews can turn up unreported foodborne illness outbreaks. In New York City, Yelp reviews led officials to three restaurants with food handling problems.

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Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tropical fish, like red snapper and grouper, can accumulate one of the most poisonous toxins on Earth, known as ciguatera. A few bites of an infected filet can trigger strange neurological effects: painful intercourse, reversal of how you feel temperature and the sensation of your teeth falling out. And doctors say there’s a chance it spreads through sex.

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FDA Moves To Phase Out Remaining Trans Fats In Food Supply

FDA Moves To Phase Out Remaining Trans Fats In Food Supply

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The agency says trans fats, found in partially hydrogenated oils, raise the risk of heart disease. Even though food companies have drastically reduced their use of the oils, you can still find trans fat in microwavable popcorn, Crisco and all kinds of mass-produced baked goods.

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Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It’s On The Job

Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It’s On The Job

| October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn’t been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.

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CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

| October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet has been reduced to three. And a CDC division chief says that a multistate outbreak would push the remaining staff beyond their capacity.

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CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms

CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

The agency said that the most problematic resistant bacteria are emerging in hospitals. But it also called bacteria that have become resistant to drugs used on the farm a “serious threat.”

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Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Spices may add more than flavor to your food: Some harbor dangerous bacteria. Contamination has caused big outbreaks in the United States, and the FDA is looking into how to reduce the risk.

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What Poisoned Pomegranates Tell Us About Food Safety

What Poisoned Pomegranates Tell Us About Food Safety

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced a plan to try and prevent American food companies from importing contaminated produce from abroad. The case of the poisoned pomegranates from Turkey shows that our safety systems for imported food, however helpful, are not foolproof.

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Tender Beef, Without The Pathogens: USDA Proposes Labeling Rules

Tender Beef, Without The Pathogens: USDA Proposes Labeling Rules

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The mechanical process the meat industry uses to tenderize tough muscle fibers can also introduce dangerous pathogens into beef cuts. The thinking behind the proposed new labels: If you know your cut of meat has been mechanically tenderized, you’ll be inclined to cook it a little longer.

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Keeping Hepatitis A Out Of Frozen Berries Starts At The Farm

Keeping Hepatitis A Out Of Frozen Berries Starts At The Farm

| June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Consumers don’t have good tools for getting the hepatitis A out of frozen berries, aside from cooking them. Good hygiene by pickers and processors remains the best protection.

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Binge Drinking Among Women Is Both Dangerous And Overlooked

Binge Drinking Among Women Is Both Dangerous And Overlooked

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

About 13 percent of U.S. women go on drinking binges each month, say officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The damage from binge drinking runs the gamut from death to unintended pregnancy. Public health officials say binge drinking can be curbed with greater awareness and thoughtful interventions.

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FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two years after a food safety bill became law, the FDA issues a rule to prevent foodborne illness in produce and one to require food manufacturers to have plans in place to prevent contamination. Foodborne illness sickens about 48 million Americans each year.

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