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National School Lunch Program aces ground beef safety review 

There’s good news for millions of children who participate in the program daily: The National School Lunch Program’s strict food safety standards work. A study led by researchers from the University of Connecticut and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that food safety standards for ground beef supplied to the program are highly effective in keeping harmful… Continue Reading

Reusable Bags Redux: Dirty Bags Kill


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