Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Tag: food safety
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act on KQED’s Forum.
We take up Proposition 2 on the November ballot which, if passed, would prohibit the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up or fully extend their limbs. Opponents say the proposition would shut down the state’s poultry industry and result in unsafe food. Airs on KQED 88.5FM Mon, Sep 22, 2008 — 9:00 AM
Stream online at KQED.org/listen