Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Nutrition & Public Health

Subscribe to the Nutrition & Public Health Section RSS Feed

USDA Provides Tips for #GrillingLikeaPRO on the Fourth of July

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-hamburger-4th-july-setting-image9103955

This Fourth of July weekend, many Americans will be celebrating our nation’s independence with family gatherings and summer cookouts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun. One of the… Continue Reading

Two Salmonella Outbreaks in Minnesota Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Poultry Products

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-garlic-chicken-kiev-two-cooked-isolated-white-background-image50808487

The Minnesota Department of Public Health is urging consumers to handle raw chicken products carefully and cook them thoroughly after seven recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The illnesses prompted health officials to remind consumers that the products may look cooked, but are… Continue Reading

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert About Minnesota Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Prepared Chicken Products

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-chicken-kiev-two-supermarket-produced-kievs-one-cut-half-isolated-white-background-image33788929

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by two separate strains of Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken products. These items may be labeled “chicken cordon bleu” or “chicken Kiev.” The State of Minnesota… Continue Reading

Human Milk-Sharing Networks Reflect a Growing Movement

Nese Devenot and her son Ellis

There’s nothing new about the sharing of human breast milk. In earlier days, moms in tribal groups nursed babies other than their own when the baby’s mother died or wasn’t close by. Later, wet nurses — mothers who had enough milk to share — came onto the scene. Sometimes they lived with the family; other… Continue Reading

Humane Society Files Complaint with FDA Against Costco Egg Supplier

White Leghorn egg-laying chickens in cages in their hen house.

The Humane Society of the United States has filed legal complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Hillandale Farms, a Costco egg supplier, has deceived consumers with its poor animal welfare standards and “filthy and unsanitary conditions,” resulting in food safety concerns. The complaints come… Continue Reading

FAO/WHO Committee: Carrageenan ‘Not of Concern’ in Infant Formula

Infant-formula_406x250

At its meeting last week in Geneva, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that the use of carrageenan in infant formula, or formula for special medical purposes, at concentrations up to 1,000 milligrams per liter is “not of concern.” Seaweed industry organization Marinalg International says that the seaweed-derived additive used to… Continue Reading

Study of Rare Toxin Carried by Sport Fish Underscores Consumer Warnings

BarracudaReefMain

A rare toxin carried by barracuda, grouper and other locally caught sport fish sickens Floridians in greater numbers than previously believed, a new analysis suggests. Consuming the foodborne toxin, called ciguatera, can result in severe nausea and vomiting and sometimes long-term tingling in the limbs or joint pain. “The rate of illness was found to be… Continue Reading

Michigan Bills Would Extend Safety Inspections to State Prison Kitchens

prisonexterior_406x250

Aramark Correctional Services, the prison food vendor in Michigan, was recently caught serving maggots with potatoes and then ordering inmates to keep their mouths about it, according to published reports. And why not? State prison kitchens are exempt from food safety inspections because they are not defined as “food establishments” under state law. A pair… Continue Reading

Chinese Authorities Seize More Than 100,000 Tons of 40-Year-Old Frozen Meat

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-frozen-beef-meat-beautiful-red-fat-stripe-image49918508

Authorities in China have seized more than 100,000 tons of smuggled meat being sold across the country, some of which was frozen and dated back to the 1970s, according to a report in the state-run China Daily. The seizures were part of a nationwide crackdown on a smuggling ring in possession of at least $483 million… Continue Reading

Sugar Substitute in Some Nut Butter Products Toxic to Dogs

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-doggy-treat-image4693947

An Oregon veterinarian is waging an educational campaign to inform dog owners about the dangers posed to their pets by xylitol, a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener with one-third the calories of regular sugar that is being used in some nut butter products. Dr. Jason Nicholas of The Preventive Vet in Portland, OR, may be making headway since he… Continue Reading