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Videos Reveal 5 Common Food-Safety Mistakes

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A team led by Christine Bruhn, Ph.D., food-safety expert and Institute of Food Technologists spokesperson, recently videotaped 120 consumers as they prepared a chicken and a salad in their homes. They found that, while many felt confident about their food safety skills, many were making critical mistakes while preparing their meals that could lead to foodborne… Continue Reading

Whole-Genome Technology Solving More Outbreak Investigations

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A common disclaimer supplied by public health officials while in the midst of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation goes something like this: “We’re doing our best to find the food source of the outbreak, but it’s important to remember that the majority of outbreaks are never traced back to a source.” In other words, most… Continue Reading

Research: Ordering Raw Meat or Seafood Online Can Be Unsafe

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If you’re thinking about ordering a foodie gift basket online to send to a loved one this holiday season, you might want to reconsider. Research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that there are some serious food safety risks associated with ordering raw meat, poultry, game and seafood online. Online sales of these… Continue Reading

Online Survey: Floridians Concerned About Food Safety, GMO Foods

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An October online survey of 524 adult residents of Florida found that respondents are concerned about food safety and genetically modified foods and believe they do a good job of keeping themselves safe from foodborne illnesses. However, they may be unclear about which foods, preparation techniques or cooking methods pose the highest risk. The survey,… Continue Reading

CDC: Raw Milk-Related Outbreaks on the Rise

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During the three years from 2007 to 2009, 30 foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. were connected to raw milk consumption. Yet, in the next three years, from 2010 to 2012, that number rose to 51, according to a new study published in the January issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed monthly journal published… Continue Reading

UK Review Makes Staggering Antibiotic Resistance Predictions

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Projections of the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) paint a grim picture for what could happen to the world’s economy if the problem is left unchecked. Research commissioned by the U.K.’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance show that a continued rise in resistance would, by 2050, lead to 10 million deaths every year and a reduction… Continue Reading

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns

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It might be easy to dismiss the latest study about spiking one’s blood pressure by drinking soy milk from cans lined with bisphenol A (more commonly known as BPA). After all, serious hypertension is more likely to occur from the sodium contained in whatever food or beverage is in the can. But the new Korean… Continue Reading

Congressional Hearing Looks at FDA’s Role in GE Food Regulation

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The question of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should approach the regulation of genetically engineered (GE) food — and particularly its labeling, or lack thereof — was the topic of a hearing by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The biggest question of the day: Should a federal law be passed… Continue Reading

Online Food Safety Program Launched for Industry Professionals

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On Monday, the University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science launched an online food safety training program for food industry professionals. The university said the program is designed specifically for professionals and staff working in food safety, quality assurance, production and management. The first seven modules of the program will begin in February 2015 and… Continue Reading

Academia Has Most Food Safety Educators, Government Reaches Most Consumers

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According to an analysis by the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), academia, public health agencies and schools are the most active sources of food safety education in the U.S. PFSE commissioned North Carolina State University to conduct the survey to identify the organizations most involved with food safety education, the audiences they serve, and the channels they… Continue Reading