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E. Coli Outbreak Traced to Chocolate Dessert Served at Reno Restaurant

The Twisted Fork

The source of the E. coli contamination which recently sickened patrons of a popular Reno, NV, restaurant has been identified as a chocolate mousse dessert. “It was a chocolate marquee mousse, basically a chocolate cake with frosting,” Phil Ulibarri, public information officer for the Washoe County Health District, told Food Safety News. The Washoe County Health District… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget Food Safety When Preparing for Thanksgiving


As you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends this year, remember the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook and chill. Don’t risk making any loved ones sick with a foodborne illness! Clean: Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds throughout the cooking process, especially before handling food and after handling… Continue Reading

Dishing Up Disease: Food Server Follies



(This article was originally posted here and is reposted with permission.) Few jobs are busier than being a food server during peak eating hours. And for many waiters and waitresses, the job includes more than just taking orders and delivering food. It also includes busing tables, taking money to the cashier, and some minor food preparation, such… Continue Reading

Safely Thawing a Thanksgiving Turkey Takes Planning


If you’re defrosting a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to start now. There are only three safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave. Be sure to plan ahead because birds thawed in cold water or in the microwave will have to be cooked immediately. And,… Continue Reading

Putting Salad Bar Safety to the Test

Salad bar

A South Carolina TV station recently had 15 different salad bar items tested for pathogen contamination, and while lab results indicated that no E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella were present, relatively high numbers of microbes and total coliform bacteria were. WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, shipped a cooler packed with samples of four types of items… Continue Reading

USDA’s FSIS Releases Food Allergen Guidelines for Producers


In an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released a 26-page set of guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients which could trigger such problems. “Our mission as a public health agency… Continue Reading

Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce


Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the government’s safe food handling advice to consumers is to wash hands before and after handling food and clean cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item. But the U.S. Food… Continue Reading

The Snack Attack and Finger Food Flu


Eating sandwich with dirty hands

(This article was originally posted here on Nov. 2, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) We all connect with the world around us with our hands, touching all sorts of objects, surfaces, and other hands, which is why diseases are often transmitted by hand contact. Of course, dirty hands can be washed. The problem is when we don’t… Continue Reading

TV Report: Critical Violations Trending Up at KC Stadium Concessions


According to a recent Kansas City, MO, TV report, critical food code violations are up this season at Kauffman Stadium concession stands. (The Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets are vying in this year’s World Series, and their first two games were played Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at Kauffman Stadium.) The Oct. 27, 2015,… Continue Reading

Top Sushi Chef Calls BS on New York City’s ‘No Bare Hands’ Rule


The recent temporary closures of Sushi Dojo in New York’s East Village and its offshoot Sushi Dojo Express in Gansevoort Market have raised questions about whether the city’s health department is ruining the business with inappropriate regulations. According to the New York City Department of Health (DOH), the popular sushi restaurants were closed as a… Continue Reading