Illnesses linked to restaurant/deli foods

The death toll in Michigan stands at 25 as a result of an outbreak of illness linked to Hepatitis A. There have been at least 750 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Michigan, with more than 80% of ill individuals hospitalized. The outbreak, which includes cases in California, Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Nevada, New York, Arkansas […]

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Food Safety & Backyard Poultry

In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more than 1,100 people across 48 states and killing one. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns individuals that contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can carry […]

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Start at home to help fight foodborne illness

European Union member countries recently released data on foodborne outbreaks in Europe in 2016. Results showed that 205 of the 521 “strong-evidence” outbreaks, or 39%, were caused by the consumption of food in private homes. The number of outbreaks linked to food consumed in homes far exceeded the number of outbreaks linked to food in […]

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Environmental chemicals in food: should you be worried?

Several recent stories in the news media have reintroduced questions related to two chemicals which may be in our food, especially perchlorate and BPA. Perchlorate is a chemical used in fireworks, road flares, explosives, and rocket fuel. It is also sometimes present in bleach and in some fertilizers.Perchlorate  forms naturally in the environment in small amounts. Perchlorate […]

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Is refined coconut oil a healthy choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products. Is coconut oil a healthy choice? Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive […]

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What does ‘organic’ really mean?

I am old enough that I heard the term ‘organic’ defined in chemistry class long before the term was widely applied to food products. So what does it mean when a food product is ‘organic?’   A recent post by the American Council for Science and Health attempts to address some of the confusion. “Organic” […]

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Labeling Added Sugars

Sugar is sugar, right? Not so fast according to an article in Food Processing and reporting by the Center for Food Integrity. It’s getting a bit confusing with new requirements to label ‘added sugar.’  There is sugar and then there’s ‘added sugar’ which metabolically is the same as sugar, but will now be labeled differently […]

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Freshcut veggies recalled for Listeria

Large food recalls have recently forced consumers to throw away foods such as fresh vegetables and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. On October 20, 2017, Mann Packing Co. initiated a recall of almost 150 freshcut vegetable products distributed across both the U.S. and Canada – the recall was because […]

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