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Report: Food Recalls Have Nearly Doubled Since 2002

The number of U.S. food products recalled — and the costs associated with those recalls — have nearly doubled since 2002, according to a report by reinsurance company Swiss Re. In more than half of those recalls, the process of recalling the food cost the affected company more than $10 million. Some companies lost more… Continue Reading

As Online Sales of Breast Milk Rise, Experts Warn of Dangers

With information abounding on the health benefits of breast milk for infants, a growing number of under-producing mothers are eschewing formula and instead turning to online marketplaces to buy breast milk directly from other moms. In the past year, somewhere around 55,000 women sold their excess breast milk online, up from 13,000 in 2011. Business… Continue Reading

Gulf Seafood Not So Safe for Pregnant Women, Children?

If people living on the Gulf Coast trusted the federal government all that much, they might be in trouble right now.   In the first peer-reviewed challenge to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) safe levels for cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a new study says they were overestimated in Gulf seafood following the… Continue Reading

Drips Could Ruin Shredded Lettuce, Says FDA

Zuccaro’s Produce Co. in Minneapolis received a May 9 warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about drip or condensate in its building. “Your plant and facilities must be constructed in such a way that drip or condensate from fixtures, ducts, and pipes does not contaminate food, food-contact surfaces, or food-packaging materials, to… Continue Reading

Refillable Soap Dispensers May Pose Risk

Liquid soap in bulk, refillable dispensers can become contaminated and actually increase the number of disease-causing microbes when people wash their hands with it, according to research published in the May issue of the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Refillable dispensers are common in public restrooms, the researchers said, and outbreaks linked to contaminated… Continue Reading

Seattle Lab Finds Tainted Grocery Store Chickens

A Seattle microbiologist reports that he found the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus on nearly half, and Campylobacter on more than half, of 100 raw chicken samples collected from area grocery stores. The contaminated poultry included organic as well as conventionally grown chickens. Mansour Samadpour, the nationally known food scientist who runs the Institute for Environmental Health… Continue Reading

Researchers Unlock One E. coli Mystery

By following a “guiding light,”  USDA researchers were able to unlock one piece of the baffling puzzle about how the potentially fatal E. coli O157:H7 can contaminate spinach and other salad greens. The good news coming from the research is that while spinach roots can take in E. coli from contaminated soil or irrigation water,… Continue Reading