Relatively minor gastrointestinal illnesses can be serious, even fatal, for people from risk groups including small children, pregnant women, very old people or people with weakened immune systems, prompting a reminder that kitchen hygiene is of vital importance.

In an effort to reduce the number of foodborne infections, the Member States of the European Union…

The holidays have come and gone, and many of us have started the countdown to kickoff Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston. Like so many Americans, I get pretty excited about the Super Bowl – especially if my home team, Pittsburgh, is playing.

illus chick unsportsmanlike conductNow, I’m not going to profess tremendous knowledge about football, but I…

When the Kansas City Chiefs faced off with the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl fifty years ago, tickets to the big game cost $12 and the average price for a visit to the doctor was $6.60, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For the “Golden Super Bowl” this weekend, face-value of the…

Curious about how race and socioeconomic factors factor into foodborne illness risk, a number of researchers over the past few years have looked at foodborne illness risk among low-income and minority populations. Study findings show increased risk among minority populations, but researchers experience difficulty ascertaining whether disparities exist at the income level, mainly because of…

The kids may be the ones back in school this week, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a test for parents. The topic? How to prepare a safe school lunch. In an article published Wednesday, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service asks and answers a series of “true or false” food safety questions. Each…

Beginning January 1, home-based food producers in New Mexico are required to obtain a permit from the New Mexico Environment Department.  

The food permit, which cost $100 per year, allows home-based food processors operating within state jurisdiction to sell the following foods:  yeast and quick breads, cookies, cakes, tortillas, high-sugar pies and pastries, high-sugar …

Parents with school-aged children know to keep their pantries stocked.  Kids come home from school and immediately look for something to eat. snack-girl-eating carrot.jpgIf your child is home alone after school, reviewing these steps can go a long way to ensuring the snacks he prepares for himself are safe from foodborne pathogens and other kitchen dangers:…