Food safety headlines to lose your appetite

Recent food safety headlines – this is enough to make anyone lose their appetite. Bladder infections and eating chicken may have a connection The article says the problem  may be caused by the antibiotics in the chickens while the National Chicken Council disputes it… Meat allergies and tick bites may have a connection Good thing the researcher was bitten by a tick or else this discovery would have never been made. Read the comments as most of the people who are highly allergic to beef have been bitten by ticks. Geez, who knew?  I have to wonder if the problem
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Food Terrorism – Killer Cantaloupes

This morning in the grocery store I noticed that cantaloupes were labeled “grown in California” as opposed to the killer cantaloupes grown in Colorado. While I was actually craving cantaloupe (with cottage cheese), I passed them by.   The taste of remembering how many people have died so far ( 15) from listeria laced cantaloupe made me buy pears instead. This blog cannot even keep up with all the foods that have been recalled lately. Food is recalled because of food poisoning like E.coli, listeria, salmonella, and other potentially fatal bacterias and from mislabeling. People have allergies to nuts, milk, soy,
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Back to school food safety tips

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011-As children go back to school to feed their hungry minds, parents will be turning their attention to feeding those hungry bodies with healthy and nutritious snacks at home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued tips to keep kids safe from food poisoning as they prepare their favorite treats, sometimes unsupervised by mom or dad. “Consumers of all ages need to be aware that bacteria in food can make them sick, but there are ways to reduce their risk of food poisoning,” said Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr.
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Food recall: layer dip with guacamole, possible food poisoning

In a nutshell: Some avocado pulp used in a certain brand of Layer Dips may be contaminated with listeria. From the company press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 12, 2011 – Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. of Buena Park, CA is voluntarily recalling various Layer Dip products containing guacamole because the avocado has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever,
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Food poisoning: E.coli strawberry outbreak in Oregon

Food poisoning: E.coli strawberry outbreak in Oregon This has really flown under the radar except maybe in Oregon. According to Food Safety News, “one person in Oregon has been killed and at least nine others — and possibly as many as 16 — have been sickened in an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to fresh strawberries from a farm in Newberg.” Of the confirmed cases, four have been hospitalized, and one elderly woman in Washington County died from kidney failure associated with E. coli O157:H7 infection. The incubation period for E.coli is 2 to 7 days. Although the strawberry
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Ground Turkey Food Safety: Public Health Salmonella Alert

77 illnesses reported in 26 states from the FDA press release WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg that may be associated with use and consumption of ground turkey. This public health alert was initiated after continuous medical reports, ongoing investigations and testing conducted by various departments of health across the nation determined there is an association between consumption of ground turkey products and an estimated 77 illnesses reported in 26 states. The illnesses were
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Food poisoning and food safety

Everyday there’s at least one and sometimes two or three food recalls. Food recalls happen for any number of reasons — mislabeling of products by omitting to list an ingredient such as milk, whey, soy, peanuts or eggs. These ingredients are called allergens and if someone is allergic to milk and accidentally consumes it — they could get very sick. Other reasons for food recalls have to do with food poisoning from E.coli, salmonella, and listeria to name the most common. Food poisoning happens more frequently than food recalls. My neighbor had such an extreme bout of food poisoning that
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Dog food recall: pig ears in 18 states, possible salmonella

In a nutshell:  pig ears recalled in 18 states; possible salmonella; can affect people and dogs from the company press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2011 – Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or
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Hold the garni: parsley, alfalfa sprouts, cilantro food recall

Cilantro is not exactly garni. Cilantro is often used in the condiment — salsa but parsley is put on the plate for color  and alfalfa sprouts are often added to the plate (maybe to make it look fuller) or worse to the sandwich. I usually remove. Alfalfa sprouts get in the crevices of my teeth. That’s probably more than you wanted to know. Cilantro and parsley are being recalled because of possible salmonella invasion. The Texas distributor is recalling 7,000 cases of parsley and cilantro because salmonella was found in Canada and Michigan. This recall affects Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri,
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Top 10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Dinner

Image by Pink Sherbet Photography via Flickr Top 10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Dinner The California Poison Control System requested that I share these tips with you and said-, “please don’t pass the salmonella.” In its latest year of surveillance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented 1,097 reported outbreaks resulting in 21,244 cases of food-borne illness and 18 deaths. “Food poisoning is highly preventable,” said Dr. Richard Geller, executive medical director of California Poison Control System .“By following simple storage, handling and cooking suggestions, families can stay healthy and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, as well as the many
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