Tag: food safety

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn’t

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn’t

| September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

In many countries, eggs aren’t refrigerated and they’re still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we’ve washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

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Fast-Food Scandal Revives China’s Food Safety Anxieties

Fast-Food Scandal Revives China’s Food Safety Anxieties

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An American-owned company that supplies meat to fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a subsidiary. An expose revealed some of the products were mishandled and had expired.

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What To Do About Your Recalled Meat

What To Do About Your Recalled Meat

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Petaluma’s Rancho Feeding Corp. has shut down and is being investigated after having been forced to recall nearly 9 million pounds of meat. The shutdown is affecting a number of local meat producers and consumers. Any tainted beef should be thrown out.

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Maybe That BPA in Your Canned Food Isn’t So Bad After All

Maybe That BPA in Your Canned Food Isn’t So Bad After All

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s been lots of debate about whether tiny amounts of the chemical have the potential to cause health problems. A new FDA study supports a previous conclusion that the chemical is safe for people.

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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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Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

| February 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

From sodas to truffles to butter, foods infused with THC — the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale in Colorado. But the federal government still considers pot illegal, so the state has to create from scratch its own system to regulate these foods.

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New Law Puts Gloves On California Bartenders

New Law Puts Gloves On California Bartenders

| January 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new food safety law in California bans culinary workers from touching uncooked food with their bare hands. That means bartenders can no longer drop ice cubes or add garnishes without gloves on, and that’s got some unhappy.

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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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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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Don’t Fear That Expired Food

Don’t Fear That Expired Food

| December 26, 2012

When food passes its sell-by date, it’s swept from the supermarket shelf. But that doesn’t mean it’s not safe to eat. Taste and smell are usually better indicators of a food’s safety. And some items, like canned foods, can even last years or decades after their expiration date.

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Ten Top Food News Stories of 2011: Part Two

Ten Top Food News Stories of 2011: Part Two

| December 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Sarah Henry continues coverage of food trends and topics for 2011 with part-two of her top food stories posts. Up this time: food recalls, childhood obesity, partnerships in food, occupy food — and a healthy smattering of the year’s biggest food celebrities.

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Beyond Festivals: Street Food Actually on Streets and Sidewalks

Beyond Festivals: Street Food Actually on Streets and Sidewalks

| September 1, 2009 | 4 Comments

These last two weekends in the Bay Area have shown that there are indeed thousands of people willing to stand in long lines in the full heat of summer to try any tasty treat served from a bicycle or cart, tent or renovated taco truck.

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Food Safety with Health Dialogues

Food Safety with Health Dialogues

| August 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Spinach, alfalfa sprouts, peanut butter, beef…almost weekly, FDA and USDA alerts fill my inbox with notices about food recalls due to Salmonella or E. Coli. How does our food supply get contaminated? And what safeguards exist to ensure that the foods we eat are produced in safe and sanitary conditions? In response to concerns about the food supply, President Obama called for tougher food safety measures, and in May of this year launched a Food Safety Working Group to update the system of food safety in America.

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Hungry for Change: FOOD, INC.

Hungry for Change: FOOD, INC.

| June 9, 2009 | 2 Comments

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, an outspoken leader on food safety and animal rights, hosted a special screening of the documentary, FOOD, INC. for a roomful of legislators in Sacramento. Thanks to a friend who works at the capitol, I was able to sneak in.

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