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Survey Shows Consumer Attitudes Toward Food

In early July the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation released its 2010 Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition and Health (pdf). This is the foundation’s fifth annual study gaining additional insight into the attitudes, opinions, and beliefs of American consumers.  Looking at the results of this year’s survey alongside those… Continue Reading

The American Diet: A Sweet Way to Die


I am often asked what foods I avoid because they may carry a risk of contamination with pathogenic organisms.  I have a very short list of foods to avoid on principle based on concerns about the potential for bacterial adulteration.  But I am increasingly concerned about the general quality of the American diet as a… Continue Reading

Food Safety’s Biggest Challenge: The American Diet


Americans are rightly concerned about the wide variety of pathogens that regularly turn up in foods common to most diets.  Who wouldn’t appropriately worry about an array of bugs that can induce serious short-term and even long-term health impacts from a wide spectrum of what Americans eat on a regular basis?  But the bigger worry… Continue Reading