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Increasing Food-Safety Education in Schools Could Reduce Foodborne Illness in Kids

There’s a lack of food-safety education in schools that, if addressed, could help reduce the high rates of foodborne illness among children. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at… Continue Reading

11 Sickened in UK by Rare E. Coli O55 Outbreak

At least 11 people in the Blandford area of Dorset, United Kingdom, have been diagnosed with E. coli O55 infections, a rare strain of E. coli never before recorded in the U.K., according to BBC News. Seven patients have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease associated with the most severe E. coli illnesses,… Continue Reading

What Parents Need to Know About E. Coli

September has proven to be a tragic month in terms of E. coli infecting children. At the beginning of the month, two young girls in the Pacific Northwest died from unrelated E. coli O157:H7 infections. First, the bacteria took the life of 4-year-old Oregonian Serena Profitt on Sept. 8, and then, days later, 3-year-old Brooklyn… Continue Reading

Families in WIC Nutrition Program to Get More Fresh Fruits, Veggies

Families enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program will be able to get more fresh fruits and vegetables beginning next month, thanks to changes in the program’s “food packages,” which are outlined in a recently published USDA final rule. Under the revisions, the cash value of the fruit and vegetable vouchers for… Continue Reading

American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Ban on Raw Milk

The health claims related to drinking raw milk have not been verified by scientific evidence, and therefore do not outweigh the potential health risks that raw milk poses to pregnant women and children, according to a policy statement issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the nation’s leading pediatrics organization. The organization went even… Continue Reading

The Wrong Obama Gives Tough Talk on Junk Food Marketing to Kids


This past week, Michelle Obama gathered 100 food industry representatives, academic experts and public-health advocates for a “summit” at the White House to discuss junk food marketing to children. The event included public remarks by the first lady, followed by a closed-door discussion among attendees, ostensibly to come up with some solutions. Her speech was better than… Continue Reading

Low-Income Children Face Higher Risk of Foodborne Illness, Study Says

Poorer nutrition and less access to healthcare leads to a greater likelihood of bacterial and viral infections — including foodborne illness — among low-income children, according to a report published Tuesday by the Consumer Federation of America. More than 2 out of every 5 children in the U.S. (44 percent) live in a low-income household,… Continue Reading

Children More Likely To Be Sickened by Foodborne Illness

Foodborne bacteria cause more illnesses among children than adults, according to new estimates. A study published this week in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal finds that children less than five years old fall ill from intestinal bacteria originating in food more often than adults. Researchers looked at the incidence of five foodborne pathogens – Campylobacter, Escherichia… Continue Reading

Ohio Sees Increase in Shigella Cases

Ohio health officials are currently investigating hundreds of cases of Shigella infection that have cropped up in the state this year. As many as 770 cases have recently been reported in Columbus alone, the Associated Press reports. Many of the cases revolve around child care centers and other places children congregate, the Columbus health commissioner… Continue Reading

One-Fifth of Americans More Vulnerable to Foodborne Illness

As many as 20 percent of Americans — 60 million people — are more vulnerable to foodborne illness due to their age or health conditions that affect their immune systems, according to a newly published study by British medical researchers. In addition to the elderly, susceptible people include young children, pregnant women, alcoholics, diabetics and… Continue Reading