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Eric Burkett

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Linda Rivera: An E. coli Patient’s Will to Live

Part I in a II-part series on Linda Rivera’s battle with E. coli O157:H7. It’s one of those glorious, fogless summer days in San Francisco when the winds whisk the skies clear and everyone is outside basking in sunlight.  From Linda Rivera’s hospital room at Davies Medical Center, you can see the city’s skyline–including the… Continue Reading

CSPI Threatens Suit over Happy Meal Toys

Do inexpensive plastic toys lure children–or their parents–into making unhealthy food choices? A leading consumer advocacy group believes they do and is threatening to sue fast food giant McDonald’s if the company doesn’t end its practice of using toys to promote its products. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on Tuesday served… Continue Reading

Summer Food Safety: Ice

Ice. While it’s found nearly everywhere from Mars to the coils of a restaurant’s refrigerator–that is, when it’s not working properly–ice really doesn’t come into its own until now, the height of the summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Picnics, camping trips, and parties during the warm months help move 80 percent of… Continue Reading

New Poultry Pathogen Reduction Standards Issued

While the country’s poultry producers wonder aloud whether they’re even necessary, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued new compliance guidelines to reduce the levels of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken and turkey.  The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published the new standards–an update to guidelines published in 2008–last week.   The… Continue Reading

Queso Fresco: Cheese with a Reputation

Are you looking for a tasty little cheese with an image problem? It’s delicious in enchiladas, it complements black beans beautifully, and it’s a wonderful addition to salads. Unfortunately for queso fresco–that quintessential Mexican fresh cheese–it also seems to have a knack for attracting pathogens such as Listeria. If you go through the records for… Continue Reading

Ideas for Easter Brunch

With spring comes Easter which, counter-intuitively to some perhaps, draws my attention to the flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle East. But while others are craving hams and deviled eggs, I find myself hungering for the spicy, bright flavors of the eastern Mediterranean which, of course, is where the whole show got started. 
Beyond… Continue Reading

Easter Egg Safety

The Easter egg hunt went well. The kids had fun decorating the eggs the night before and even more fun hunting for them the next day.  At the end of the day you ran across a couple of eggs they hadn’t found.  What do you do with them?  Go ahead and toss them into the… Continue Reading

Timbales: A Passover Treat

Passover began at sundown last night, an annual reminder to Jews around the world of the sacrifices their ancestors made in their quest for freedom from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. Passover brings yet another struggle to the forefront each year, as well: what to serve for dessert? 
The ban on leavened foods… Continue Reading