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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.

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 …

Most Americans have suffered in one way or another from the recent economic downturn, but money problems don’t just apply to citizens. An overwhelming number of state governments are facing record budget deficits this year. Nevada is projected to be about $3 billion short for the state’s 2-year budget cycle that begins July 1, 2011.…

Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a preliminary draft of the restaurant menu labeling rules that will go into effect on March 23, 2011. The FDA is inviting comment from the public on the proposed rules. The agency is also inviting public recommendations to help determine the amount of time it should hold …

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution won an Emmy this past Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Ceremony in Hollywood. Oliver, a British celebrity chef turned health activist, has used the success of his show to publicize the launch of his petition to change the menus in public school lunch halls and reign in the obesity epidemic.…

German pesticide producer Bayer AG has agreed to phase out production of the chemical aldicarb and discontinue its sale in the United States. This decision follows the release of a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which found that the chemical does not meet U.S. food safety standards.

The agency decided that the chemical …

A second victim of the widespread Salmonella outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants filed a lawsuit against the restaurant chain Monday.  The plaintiff in the lawsuit is Tammy Hale, a Scioto County, Ohio resident who became ill with a Salmonella Hartford infection after eating at a Taco Bell in Wheelersburg, Ohio in early June.

Tammy …

Are Iowa chefs having trouble landing dates these days? If so, it may explain why one head chef was caught kissing toads by the Scott County Health Department. The restaurant has been fined $355 for the dangerous (and desperate) act, which was caught on video. 

The owner of the Davenport, Iowa restaurant where the chef …

Though a year has passed since the massive peanut butter Salmonella outbreak of 2008 and 2009, victims and their families are not the only ones with peanut product danger still on their minds. The state of Georgia, home to the plant that sickened over 700 people and killed nine, still has peanut safety near the…

Since the widespread pet food recalls of 2007 that resulted in the deaths of over 8,500 American cats and dogs, it appears that pet food recalls are occurring with increasing frequency.

This year alone the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a staggering 18 pet food recalls and safety alerts.  In light of a…

The Senate recently updated its lobbying disclosure database with second quarter spending information.  The documents available through the database reveal which organizations are spending what–and where their money is focused.

The Senate Website is set up so that you can easily search for companies lobbying on behalf of a particular subject like food safety.  Anyone …