Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Consumer Education

Subscribe to the Consumer Education Section RSS Feed

Something fishy: FDA’s final advice on when to eat which fish

FDA fish to avoid graphic

The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others. The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public… Continue Reading

Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-raw-salmon-ice-markeâ¤-image30163955

Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there. Published in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases the findings of a research team… Continue Reading

Tips to help expectant moms safely ring in the New Year

Contributed

illustration pregnant eggnog warning

Editor’s note: This column by Luis Delgadillo of the food safety education staff at the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service was first published by USDA on Dec. 22. Most expectant mothers know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and opt for sparkling juices instead of champaign to toast the New Year. But, many… Continue Reading

Pesticide data report starts new debate cycle on fresh produce

cover USDA 2015 PDP rpt

It’s the silver anniversary for the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which marks 25 years with results from samples collected in 2015. It’s a comforting report because it shows American-grown fruits and vegetables are safe because pesticide levels are kept below levels permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has the most stringent restrictions in the… Continue Reading

From fairs to nativity scenes, animal attractions harbor danger

live animal nativity scene with children

Watch children when they enter a petting zoo. Just about always, their faces light up with joy at seeing the animals as their hands reach out to touch them. Ask parents why they take children to petting zoos or farm animal exhibits at fairs and most will tell you that they think it’s important for… Continue Reading

Baking this weekend? Just say no to the raw dough

Contributed

Dad baking cookies

Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally published this article on Nov. 22. For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling… Continue Reading

Don’t poison the family: Wash your hands, not the turkey

Contributed

family Thanksgiving dinner

Editor’s note: Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Millions of Americans are about to gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness to honor Food Safety Heroes

STOP_LogoTagline_RGB-border

STOP Foodborne Illness, the Chicago-based national advocacy and education organization, will honor three Food Safety Heroes at a fundraising event being held Dec. 6 from 7-9 p.m. The awards will be given during the Food Safety Consortium at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., Schaumburg, IL. The benefit is open to the… Continue Reading

The man behind ‘Nutrition Facts’ is leaving CSPI’s top job

Contributed

Michael Jacobson discusses the work of the Center for Science in the Public Interest during an appearance on "The Colbert Report."

Michael F. Jacobson will move from being the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest to chief scientist, beginning in September 2017. He has co-directed or directed the nonprofit nutrition and food safety watchdog group since its founding in 1971. Jacobson will remain on the group’s board of directors as it conducts… Continue Reading

Don’t let your goblins gobble down pathogens this Halloween

boy bobbing for apples

Two of the most popular ingredients for Halloween celebrations can cause nightmarish results in the form of gastric distress that can haunt partiers for days or longer. Apple cider has long been a beverage of choice for Halloween and other autumn gatherings, but if it’s not been pasteurized it can contain Cryptosporidium, Salmonella, E. coli… Continue Reading