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What's in your water? — Do you scrub-a-dub? — What is 'sugar glass' and why should you care?

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. Water, water everywhere … The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that drinking water is continuing to… Continue Reading

GAO says USDA needs to tighten up policies at certain labs

A federal review of laboratories handling many of the most dangerous pathogens on the planet, including some that can be foodborne such as Brucella and bacterium that cause botulism poisoning, shows room for improvement. The “high-containment laboratories” are overseen by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

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Ben & Jerry’s dumps glyphosate — They’re not just shuckin’ corn — Top food cop plans to stay put

Every hour of every day people around the world people are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption. They’re not just shuckin’ corn in Nebraska Scientists in the Corn Husker State earned recognition yesterday for their leadership on a seven-year research project to… Continue Reading

Are you eating leftover pork or leftover pathogens?

Consuming leftover pork chops carries a high risk for contracting Salmonella and Listeria infections if the meat was not originally cooked well-done, according to  new research. A large percentage of people prefer their pork cooked medium, but a study published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal says that “cooking pork chops to an acceptable temperature does not completely eliminate pathogens, providing these cells with the opportunity to multiply… Continue Reading

Fighting slime: Researchers develop bacteria-killing plastic film

Plastic films made with bacteria-killing polymers have been proven effective as a frontline defense — not to mention offense — in the battle against biofilms in food production operations. A preferred place of residence for pathogens such as Listeria and E. coli, biofilms form easily and are extremely difficult to eradicate, according to the Food… Continue Reading

The Norovirus Woman explains hand sanitizers and bacteria

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TAMPA, FL — Hand sanitizers have surrounded me from elementary school field trips to competitive sporting tournaments in high school and college. Running water wasn’t always available before snack time, or for handling mouth guards between games. There are many questions I had about antimicrobial hand sanitizers, but had no clue where to start. Scanning the presentation schedule for the annual conference of the International Association… Continue Reading

Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading

Researchers need retail help with cantaloupe safety project

Growers are enthusiastically helping a team of scientists researching how cantaloupes pick up and pass on pathogens in a first-of-its-kind project, but retailers have not stepped up. The two-year study is at the half-way point and only one retailer has agreed to share with the researchers how cantaloupe is handled in stores, according to an… Continue Reading

Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon

Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there. Published in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases the findings of a research team… Continue Reading

USDA investment in research pays off with E. coli defenses

A $25 million research project that has already produced improved detection and eradication techniques for toxic E. coli is beginning its seventh year with the continued goal of reducing public health risks. Scientists and educators at 18 institutions have been working on the project, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that… Continue Reading