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Laurel Curran is currently an undergraduate student at Willamette University, majoring in Politics with a minor in American History. Originally from Bainbridge Island, Washington, she hopes to attend law school in the Seattle area. In her free time Laurel volunteers with a program for at-risk elementary school students.

When you think of Italian food, the first dishes that come to mind are probably pizza and pasta.  I am here to tell you that’s not just your imagination. Those carb-saturated items make up the majority of a typical Italian’s diet (plus gelato, of course).

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It took about five weeks for my body to adjust …

As preparations begin for Thanksgiving feasts around the country, there’s good news on the dinner front: Families are eating more home-cooked meals together every day, not just on special occasions. 

That’s one of the encouraging trends revealed in a recent American Dietetic Association survey, which found that nearly 73 percent of children sit down with …

After its first year of operation, the Rapid Recall Exchange, an online service that aims to speed up notice of recalls and the withdrawal of recalled food and products from store shelves, has signed up 500 members.

The end of September marked the first anniversary for the 24-hour communication network, which connects product suppliers and distributors. …

After what they said was the discovery of  excessive antibiotics in some U.S. and European pork, Russian officials announced a ban on imports from two Smithfield processing facilities and plants in other countries.

Yevgeniy Khorishko, press secretary at the Russian embassy in Washington D.C., said the pork imports have been barred temporarily since Sept. 8 …

Officials from Japan and the United States met in San Francisco last week for two days of much-anticipated discussion about American beef safety, but the talks ended without any change to Japan’s strict laws barring meat from American cows over 20 months of age.

Japanese import regulations toward U.S. beef tightened after the 2003 mad…

This September marks the 15th annual observance of National Food Safety Month.  Created by the food industry in 1995, the month is intended to renew focus on safety precautions within the food industry and within American homes.

For the National Restaurant Foundation, this year’s theme is”High-Risk Customers: Serve Your Fare with Extra Care.”  The Foundation,…

At least 130 people were sent to the emergency room after an ammonia leak at an Alabama chicken refrigeration plant that Food Safety News reported on last week.  The plant is located on the Theodore Industrial Canal in Theodore, a port community near Mobile.  The leak prompted road closures and the evacuation of workers and …

Dubai Municipalitiy’s Food Control Department issued nearly 200 fines to establishments caught breaking food safety regulations in early August, the month of Ramadan. The inspectors focused on outlets selling food in particular demand during the holy month.

The National newspaper reported that Sultan Ali al Tahir, the acting head of the Product Control section, said…

U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently received more than 180,000 hand-delivered letters from citizens concerned about proposed FDA action on antibiotic use in animals. These concerned citizens represent people who see a connection between the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture and an increase in human resistance to the same life-saving drugs.  The letters were…

The average human hand harbors around 150 species of bacteria, most of which are healthy and natural. Germs are all around us, and homes are an ideal nesting ground for different types of germs, both the good and the bad.

Scientists agree that there are a number of places in your home that hold significantly …