Safe & Healthy: Best not to kiss your chickens

Health officials across the United States are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of the end of June, 2015, 181 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 40 states, with 33 people hospitalized as a result. The increased number of families […]

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Safe & Healthy: What’s all the fuss about Listeria?

Large food recalls have recently forced consumers to throw away foods such as ice cream and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products have been linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three patients in a Kansas hospital who contracted the illness died […]

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Safe & Healthy: A new Halloween treat for children with food allergies

October 15, 2014. CNN news has reported on a new project to try to make Halloween a more food-safe holiday for children with food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project designed by the Food Allergy Research & Education organization is designed to help children with food allergies choose treats without tricks on Halloween this year. Halloween […]

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Safe & Healthy: Wisconsin Fish Consumption Guidelines

Many individuals in Wisconsin enjoy the chance to relax while fishing. Eating your catch can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fish are generally low in unhealthy saturated fats and high in protein. Fish contain vitamins and minerals and are a primary food source for healthy omega-3 fats.  Studies suggest that omega-3 fats may […]

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Safe & Healthy: Scientific Status of Organic Foods

The growth of the organic foods industry in the United States has been dramatic since the late 1990’s. It is estimated that organic sales increased by nearly 20% annually between 1997 and 2005, with consumer sales reaching $13.8 billion in 2005. While initial organic food production primarily involved small farms and local distribution of fresh […]

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Safe Preserving: Yeah! for canned fruits and vegetables

The majority of Americans do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, only 33% of Americans consume the recommended amount of fruits and only 27% consume the recommended amount of vegetables. A new study shows that canned fruits and vegetables can help bridge the dietary gap. Popular media often emphasizes the point that only […]

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Safe & Healthy: Bisphenol A

Earlier this month (February 2014), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released experimental results that suggest that bisphenol A does not affect human health at low doses. What does this mean for consumers? What is bisphenol A? Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, is a chemical widely used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy […]

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Safe & Healthy: Reusable Grocery Bags & Foodborne Illness

News reports last year suggested that reusable grocery bags spread foodborne illness. Is this true? Many grocery and retail stores promote the use of reusable grocery bags as a way to help the environment.  In 2012, a report by two law professors suggested that reusable grocery bags were to blame for an increase in illnesses […]

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Safe & Healthy: Trans Fats in Food

On November 7, 2013, the FDA proposed measures to substantively remove artificial ‘trans’ fat from the food supply. What does this mean to me? Lipids, or fats, are often divided into two categories, saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats have a full complement of hydrogen atoms for each carbon atom. Unsaturated fats lack hydrogen and, in […]

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Safe & Healthy: Antibiotic Resistance

A recent outbreak of illness linked to chicken contaminated with an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella has led health officials to publically warn consumers about the risks of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are the first and most potent line of defense against bacterial diseases. But the overuse and abuse  of antibiotics in the last few decades, especially […]

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