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Salmonella on Chicken: Is Zero Tolerance Feasible?

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At the end of 2013, Consumer Reports made national headlines by reporting that 97 percent of retail chicken breasts were contaminated with some form of gut bacteria. Granted, not all of those bacteria are likely to make consumers sick, but the report did find potentially harmful Salmonella on 11 percent of the samples. The story… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Study Prompts FDA to Reexamine Caramel Coloring

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to take a closer look at the caramel coloring added to certain soft drinks and other food and beverage products because of a potentially cancer-causing byproduct they may contain. The federal agency’s move was in response to a new Consumer Reports study released on Thursday which found a… Continue Reading

Superbugs and Other Nonsense

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In a recent Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” CR stated, “our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested.” Consumer Reports is claiming that a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics is a “superbug,” but nothing could be further from the truth… Continue Reading

Gut Bacteria on 97 Percent of Retail Chicken Breasts

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It won’t all harm you, but some of it might. That’s the caveat in the latest Consumer Reports analysis of tests on raw chicken breasts purchased at retailers nationwide. The analysis found that 97 percent of tested chicken breast samples “harbored bacteria that could make you sick.” While it is true that the detected bacteria… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products. The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new… Continue Reading

Mixed Reaction to Consumer Reports’ Study on Turkey and Antibiotic Resistance

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The release of a new study by Consumer Reports, which found that antibiotic-free turkey products have lower levels of drug resistance than conventional products, sparked a wide variety of reactions yesterday. Depending on who you ask, the study is either alarming or offers evidence that turkey has an amazing food safety record. The National Turkey… Continue Reading

Study Finds Antibiotic-Free Turkey Less Likely to Harbor Resistant Bacteria

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Ground turkey from birds raised without antibiotics is less likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional ground turkey, according to a new study published by Consumer Reports today. The group tested 257 samples of raw ground turkey meat and patties, purchased from major retailers nationwide, for Enterococcus, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, and… Continue Reading

Should Consumers Be Concerned About Yersinia?

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When Consumer Reports released the results of a study last week that found most pork was contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica, the media and bloggers were abuzz with headlines like: “Almost 70 Percent of Pork In Stores Unsafe” (Forbes), “Widespread bacteria and drugs found in US pork samples” (Fox News), and “Consumer Reports analysis of US… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Finds Most Pork Contaminated With Yersinia

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In a new study of raw pork chops and ground pork, Consumer Reports found 69 percent of samples were contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica, according to a report published by the group today. A lesser-known foodborne pathogen, Yersinia enterocolitica can cause fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, lasting one to three weeks, according to the Centers for… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Set Arsenic Limits for Rice Products

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In response to a recent Consumer Reports investigation on arsenic in rice, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation that would to limit the amount of arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based products. In a release from the lawmakers, they said they were taking action because the investigation revealed… Continue Reading