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Tips to help expectant moms safely ring in the New Year

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Editor’s note: This column by Luis Delgadillo of the food safety education staff at the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service was first published by USDA on Dec. 22. Most expectant mothers know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and opt for sparkling juices instead of champaign to toast the New Year. But, many… Continue Reading

Research links food poisoning to increased suicidal behaviors

Most people associate food poisoning with physical symptoms, but new research shows a connection between a foodborne parasite and mental/emotional problems, including suicide. Researchers at universities across the country analyzed data collected from 1991 through 2008 and confirmed a relationship, previously theorized, between Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) and self-directed aggression and other psychiatric disorders, according… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

USDA: Salmonella Tops List of 15 Most Costly Pathogens

Salmonella causes an estimated $3.7 billion each year in medical costs for Americans, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That figure places Salmonella at the top of the rankings for the 15 most costly foodborne illnesses. USDA says it regularly updates its cost estimates for foodborne pathogens… Continue Reading

UN Report Ranks Global Health Impact of Foodborne Parasites

When it comes to food safety concerns, foodborne parasites might not receive as much attention in the U.S. compared to bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Globally, however, foodborne parasites affect the health of millions of people annually, causing debilitating and potentially deadly conditions and sometimes living within humans for years. A new report… Continue Reading

Government Releases Food Safety Manual for Pregnant Women

The two federal agencies in charge of food safety in the U.S. have jointly published a manual of advice for avoiding foodborne illness during pregnancy. Pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness from certain foodborne pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes and Toxoplasma gondii, because hormonal changes render their immune systems more susceptible to infection…. Continue Reading

Little-known Toxoplasma Can Be a ‘Silent Killer’

When the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) released a report on April 28 ranking the microorganisms that cause the greatest burden to U.S. public health, many familiar names claimed spots in the top 10: Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria monocytogenes all enjoyed prominent ranking, while Clostridium perfringens and E. coli O157:H7 were not far… Continue Reading