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Faizah Ahmed is an undergraduate at the George Washington University in the biomedical engineering program with a minor in biophysics. Her studies focus primarily on medical devices and instrumentation, while her personal interests include exploring different cuisines, sporting events and videogames. Faizah was born and raised in the Washington, DC region, and hopes to attend graduate school there as well.

Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies.  During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is weakened and it is harder for her body to fight off harmful foodborne microorganisms.  In addition, the baby’s immune system is not developed enough to fight off the harmful microorganisms either. 

pregnant-food-safety-featured.jpgIn general, since …

A new study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that boiling shrimp for ten minutes may reduce its allergenic properties when compared to those of raw shrimp.

According to the study’s authors, extracts were taken from Litopenaeus vannamei, the most widely cultured shrimp species in the world.  Samples were prepared from both …

Studies find that some soda fountain machines and lemon wedges in restaurants contain fecal matter.

A study conducted in Roanoke Valley, Virginia reveals that nearly half of all sodas dispensed from a sample of 30 machines contained coliform bacteria.  Coliform bacteria is a group of bacteria banned in drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says one of the flavorings used to give a smoked flavor to meat and cheese may be toxic to humans.

Smoke flavorings can be added to foods to give them a “smoked” flavor, as an alternative to traditional smoking.  Eleven smoke flavorings commonly used in the European Union were …