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Food Safety for Cancer Patients

World Cancer Day (Feb. 4) is the perfect time to talk about why food safety is so important for the nearly 15 million Americans who are cancer survivors and the 1.7 million people in the United States projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Treatment of cancer typically involves chemotherapy, radiation, and/or medications to help fight… Continue Reading

FDA’s Special Role: Ensuring Food Safety at the Inauguration


This article was originally published on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FDA Voice blog on January 17. By Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. With the presidential inauguration just days away, it’s an exciting time to be in Washington, D.C. The police are setting up parade routes and security. Hotels and restaurants are bracing for crowds…. Continue Reading

FDA’s New Outbreak Response Team Has Busy First Year

This is the first in a series of four Consumer Updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the agency’s new CORE (Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation) teams. When the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network was launched last summer, its teams were tested almost immediately, as was the Food and Drug Administration’s… Continue Reading

Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

What is the problem? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports that low levels of the chemical carbendazim have been found in some orange juice products that contain imported orange juice concentrates. Carbendazim is a fungus-killing chemical used in Brazil and some other countries to preserve agricultural crops. Brazil provides about 11 percent of the… Continue Reading

Turkey FUNdamentals: Planning for Thanksgiving

OK, so it’s your turn to host the annual Thanksgiving feast. Aunt Sara has been cooking turkeys for 40 years, and Cousin Rachel is a gourmet cook. Can you tackle a turkey without being traumatized? Yes you can!  Believe it or not, taking care of “Tom” isn’t that tough, and it can actually be FUN!… Continue Reading

Avoid ‘Nightmares’ on Halloween: Food Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time of year for all ages. To make sure ghosts, witches and spiders are the only things to be afraid of on Halloween, follow these food safety tips: Safe Treats Give your child a good meal before trick-or-treating to prevent them from snacking on candy and treats. Urge them to wait… Continue Reading

Hold the Raw Sprouts, Please

Outbreaks caused by eating contaminated sprouts — “sproutbreaks” — have occurred every year in the United States since at least 1995. These episodes have taught us that sprouts are a risky food to eat. Sprouts were found to be the cause of a devastating outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E coli infections in Europe this summer…. Continue Reading

FDA: Apple Juice is Safe to Drink

Arsenic and apple juice. Not words you like to see in the same sentence. There has been publicity recently over the amount of arsenic in the apple juice that many children drink. But the Food and Drug Administration has every confidence in the safety of apple juice. Donald Zink, Ph.D, senior science advisor at FDA’s… Continue Reading