It all happened by accident. One day this past spring, Erin Carr-Jordan, mother of four and professor at Arizona State University, rushed into a Tempe McDonald’s because her three-year-old child needed to use the bathroom. Before they left, her child wanted to spend time at the fast-food restaurant’s playground.

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What happened next surprised her.…

Whether they are in backpacks, cubbies or desks, lunches packed for schoolchildren often sit around for three to four hours in various states of refrigeration before the lunch bell ever rings. This simple observation inspired some researchers from the University of Texas-Austin to ask the question: Do preschoolers’ packed lunches meet recommendations for safe food …

Who would’ve guessed sprouts?  Who would have predicted that Germany’s E. coli outbreak, already one of the worst food poisoning epidemics in recent times, might be connected to a food that is virtually a cliché for health foods and vegetarians?

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Actually, that might have been the guess of anybody familiar with the recent history of …

Last week I talked about Marler Clark’s nearly two-decade effort to provide information about food safety.  Here’s another example of the informational websites we’ve created to help keep consumers informed:

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million-foodborne illness cases occur in the United States every year. At least 128,000 Americans…

Previous reports that reusable shopping bags can collect bacteria did little to dissuade some people from using them.

Now, however, in further proof that there’s likely something environmentally wrong with most everything, the Tampa Tribune reports that reusable bags sold by two grocery store chains, Winn-Dixie and Publix, contain lead that could, after disposal, leach …

A company that makes antimicrobial products, including highchairs and baby changing tables, says it found restaurant highchairs that were harboring more bacteria than public toilet seats.

London’s Daily Mail reported that Microban, which produces products with built-in microbial protection, took swab samples from highchairs in 30 restaurants and also from toilets.  Nicholas Moon, the company’s …

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 …

Italian health officials announced Tuesday that over 70,000 mozzarella balls turned blue because of bacterial contamination during production at the German plant owned by cheese producer Milchwerke Jaeger Gmbh.

Prosecutors from Turin announced that they were looking into what type of bacteria caused the cheese to turn blue and would have results within 48 hours.…

You may want to think twice the next time you’re compelled to buy a drink from a soda fountain machine.  According to a study published in the January 2010 issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology, it may not be safe.

soda.jpgResearchers at Hollins University in Virginia found the presence of coliform bacteria in …

Have you been vaccinated against hepatitis A?  

It’s the time of year when candy, nuts, and other food becomes more prevalent on side-tables, in buffet-lines, and in office kitchens.  Before you reach into the communal bowl of your favorite holiday treat, you may want to consider where the hands of the person who came …