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Reusable Bags Redux: Dirty Bags Kill

Opinion

This was originally published on barfblog. “The Internet is there to provide data for what you already believe.” That’s what Doug emailed me in a conversation we were having about the endless coverage of the supposed maim and chaos that reusable shopping bags have on public health.. The reusable-shopping-bags-are-killing-us discourse took a turn into the… Continue Reading

Study Measures Campylobacter Contamination in Skinless, Boneless Retail Broiler Meat

A study published August 24 in BMC Microbiology by Aretha Williams and Omar A Oyarzabal reported on the prevalence of Campylobacter species in skinless, boneless retail broiler meat. The study was conducted in Alabama between 2005 and 2011, and resulted in the findings that Campylobacter bacteria could be found in 41 percent of retail broiler… Continue Reading

Dramatic Drop in U.S. Trans Fat Levels

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates blood levels of trans fatty acids in U.S. white adults dropped by 58 percent from 2000 to 2009 — a decrease being hailed as huge public health progress. The CDC study, published as a letter Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked… 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

Meat: Americans’ #1 Food Safety Concern

According to a national survey of more than 3,000 participants conducted for NPR by Thomson Reuters, more than 60 percent of Americans are worried about food safety, with 51 percent expressing particular concern over the safety of the nation’s meat supply. 25 percent of the survey participants expressed concern about seafood contamination; 23 percent worried… Continue Reading

Salsa, Guacamole Common Causes of Food Poisoning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a new study highlighting the increasing frequency of salsa and guacamole-based foodborne illness outbreaks. This study, which was presented by the CDC at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, analyzed all of the foodborne illness outbreaks since the CDC began keeping records in 1973. … Continue Reading

Study Links ADHD and Produce Pesticides

A new study suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides, which are commonly used on fruits and vegetables, can lead to a higher rate of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The study, published yesterday in Pediatrics journal, analyzed the levels of pesticide residue in the urine of 1,100 children ages eight to… Continue Reading

Combating E. coli (What? No traceback!)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says illnesses from E. coli O157:H7 fell to a five-year low in the U.S. last year.  CDC attributed the improvement to a combination of government and industry efforts to curb contamination. The CDC has been tracking E. coli O157:H7 cases since the Jack in the Box incident… Continue Reading