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Sneaky Salmonella: Common, Costly and Preventable

Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food. Each of those illnesses represents something that went wrong somewhere along the pathway from a farm to our table. Behind these illnesses are familiar culprits (like Salmonella) and causes (like poor food safety practices in farms, factories, restaurants,… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Dangers, Myths and Misperceptions

Not so long ago, milk was this country’s number 1 food safety concern. Before milk was routinely pasteurized beginning in the 1920s, it regularly caused large outbreaks of deadly diseases. Now in 2011, raw, unpasteurized milk has made its way back into some Americans’ diets and is once again causing outbreaks of disease. Hello, I’m… Continue Reading

Drinking Raw Milk: It’s Not Worth the Risk

There are many reasons why some people are thinking about drinking raw milk these days. (Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs.) Some people want to eat less processed food. Others have heard that raw milk contains more of certain nutrients than pasteurized milk, or that it can prevent… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Questions and Answers

These questions and answers are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information website on unpasteurized milk.  What is raw milk? Raw milk is milk from cows, goats, sheep, or other animals that has not been pasteurized. Although precise data are not available, it is thought that less than 1% of milk sold to… Continue Reading

Trying to Decide About Raw Milk?

“Back to nature”– that’s what many Americans are trying to do with the foods that they buy and eat. They are shopping at farmers’ markets, picking organic foods at their grocery stores, participating in food cooperatives (or co-ops), and some are even growing their own food.  Many people are trying to eat foods that are… Continue Reading

CDC: How Safe Is Our Food?

In this editorial, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal (January 2011), the journal’s associate editor Dr. J. Glenn Morris discusses the new estimates of foodborne illness incidence in the United States and what they mean for food safety:   By J. Glenn Morris, Jr.    How safe is… Continue Reading