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Kibbeh caution: Raw recipes perfect for foodborne pathogens

A new caution notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week warns of the health risks of kibbeh, a Middle Eastern and North African dish traditionally prepared with beef or lamb combined with raw onion, cracked wheat and spices. “Although there are some versions of the dish that are baked or fried — such as Kibbeh raas, quipe, Kubba halab, or Kibbeh bil sinieh — others like… Continue Reading

Don’t let fall salmon run send you running to emergency room

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Editor’s note: This column by Michelle Jarvie was originally published by the Michigan State University Service and is reprinted here with permission. When I think of fall and the leaves start to turn, I think salmon fishing. September often marks the beginning of the fall pacific salmon migration in the Great Lakes. Depending on where… Continue Reading

Are you eating leftover pork or leftover pathogens?

Consuming leftover pork chops carries a high risk for contracting Salmonella and Listeria infections if the meat was not originally cooked well-done, according to  new research. A large percentage of people prefer their pork cooked medium, but a study published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal says that “cooking pork chops to an acceptable temperature does not completely eliminate pathogens, providing these cells with the opportunity to multiply… Continue Reading

An angler’s fantasy: Safer fish for all

Everything you always wanted to know about Salmonella and fish, but were afraid to ask

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A study from the University of Adiyaman in Turkey suggests that because of the presence and abundance of 30,0000 known species of fish, the aquatic animals form the largest group in the animal kingdom used for the production of different animal-based foods. While this makes fish one of the most sought after ingredients in the… Continue Reading

USDA expands FoodKeeper App to include food recall alerts

Thanks to recent updates made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, users of the FoodKeeper application can choose to receive automatic notifications for food safety recalls. Since its launch in April 2015, FoodKeeper has reached about 150,000 downloads. Now, when the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration announce food recalls, users can select to receive alerts as they happen, once a… Continue Reading

Don’t let spoiled food spoil the fun on Labor Day weekend

In honor of Labor Day, many people in the U.S. will share good company, fun and food. Unwanted guests can crash the picnics and parties, though, if hosts don’t pay attention to food safety basics. Most foods that are prepared for outdoor gatherings are not properly cooled, according to public health officials. Not cooling just-cooked food quick enough allows harmful bacteria to multiply rapidly…. Continue Reading

Shellfish harvests banned on both coasts because of toxins

Holiday beachcombers urged to check advisories before gathering clams, mussels, oysters, etc.

With many people heading to their favorite beach for the final fling of the summer this holiday weekend, fresh shellfish fans will no doubt be out in force harvesting clams, oysters, mussels and other delicacies. But unseen dangers lurk in the coastal waters and creatures that call them home. Pieces of coastline from New England… Continue Reading

Don’t let food poisoning eclipse the afterglow after the big event

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted the tips below for people planning to view the solar eclipse tomorrow. The staff of Food Safety News offers a couple more: Don’t get distracted by the activity above and forget to wash your hands before eating and don’t leave the potato salad or other foods out too… Continue Reading

‘Danger Zone’ is a terrific tune, but a sour song in a lunch bag

Fall is fast approaching which means the back-to-school buzz is underway for school supplies lists, and grocery lists. Many parents will resume packing lunches for their kids during the week. When food is left at room temperature in a lunch box or bag all morning, bacteria can grow to dangerous levels putting children and their immature… Continue Reading