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TripAdvisor accused of cutting food safety reviews — Pathogens discriminate — What's your bag?

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. TripAdvisor deleted reviews about food poisoning TripAdvisor is under fire for allegedly censoring consumers’ warnings about injuries, assaults… Continue Reading

Avoid spiking your cider with foodborne pathogens

Contributed

Editor’s note: This column was originally posted by the Michigan State University Extension Service. Fall is here. Leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler and the last of the produce season is upon us. One fall produce item we can’t seem to get enough of is apples. In addition to being nutritious on their… Continue Reading

Don’t let fall salmon run send you running to emergency room

Contributed

Editor’s note: This column by Michelle Jarvie was originally published by the Michigan State University Service and is reprinted here with permission. When I think of fall and the leaves start to turn, I think salmon fishing. September often marks the beginning of the fall pacific salmon migration in the Great Lakes. Depending on where… Continue Reading

Planting for the local food bank? Take care to do it right

Contributed

This time of year people who enjoy gardening are thinking about and planning what they will be growing this spring, summer and fall. I know this because I am one of those who has already purchased some of my seeds, and planting time is still a ways off yet. Many gardeners like to donate to… Continue Reading

Food safety educator’s take on sprouts — cook them to kill risk

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Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration published draft guidance for sprout growers in recent days and is accepting public comments. In the meantime, Jane Hart of the Michigan State Universty Extension program offers practical advice for consumers in this column originally published on the Extension website. Have you noticed ever so often, you hear… Continue Reading

It’s Thanksgiving Eve, have you calibrated your thermometer?

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Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article originally was published by Michigan State University Extension. To contact an expert in your area, visit http://expert.msue.msu.edu, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464). Make sure to purchase — or dig up — your bimetallic, stemmed, instant-read thermometer before you put the bird in the oven. Calibrating your thermometer is equally… Continue Reading

The Down and Dirty on Manure and Food Safety

Opinion

(This article by Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension was first published here on March 4, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Manure can be a significant benefit to growing fresh produce or a potential threat to food safety when applied on produce farms. Raw manure should never come into contact with harvested produce, and,… Continue Reading

The Long-Term Effects of Foodborne Illness Can Change Your Life

Opinion

(This article by Karen Fifield, a food-safety educator with Michigan State University Extension, was published here on Jan. 5, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Most of the time we think of food poisoning as stomach cramps and maybe vomiting and diarrhea. Rarely do we hear or see the long-term effects it can have on… Continue Reading

Part 2: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

(This article, focused on growers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1, focused on consumers, can be found here.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States. This… Continue Reading

Part 1: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

(This article, focused on consumers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 2, focused on growers, will appear tomorrow.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States…. Continue Reading