Almost 5 years old now, Kendall Paciorek is right on track. She can walk, run, talk and say her ABCs. And while that normal progression of abilities common to many children her age might not seem all that impressive, to her mother and father Michelle Wakley-Paciorek and Dave Paciorek, it’s “a miracle.” Listeria baby Kendall 406x520Little Kendall was…

The two federal agencies in charge of food safety in the U.S. have jointly published a manual of advice for avoiding foodborne illness during pregnancy. Pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness from certain foodborne pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes and Toxoplasma gondii, because hormonal changes render their immune systems more susceptible to infection.…

A woman 38 weeks pregnant was diagnosed with Listeria monocytogenes infection, and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is now warning the public not to eat any cheese products produced by El Ranchero del Sur of South River, NJ.

Lab tests confirmed L. monocytogenes in a sample of the company’s Los Corrales …

Pregnant women and people with leukemia and several other types of cancer are as much as 1,000 times more susceptible to Listeria infections, French researchers report.

Doctors at the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (Institut de Veille Sanitaire) summarized the results of a major study of French listeriosis patients, concluding that pregnant women and …

Information on arsenic exposure has been all over the news this year and the latest study to be released says that eating rice may lead to potentially harmful exposure to the toxic heavy metal. 

Lots of rice is eaten in the U.S., report researchers from Dartmouth College’s Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center.  The …

Children born to women who have been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, may be at greater risk of developing asthma, according to a study presented May 1 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.

In their study of 367 pairs of mothers and infants, researchers …

Two senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to revise its recommendations on how much fish pregnant and nursing women can safely eat.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) ask that the agency’s recommendations be changed to reflect those of the recently released 2010

Is there a difference between banning a book and recalling a book for its content?

In Australia and New Zealand, a cookbook is being recalled because government health experts think its intended audience–pregnant women—could do themselves or their babies harm if they used it as a meal-making guide.

pregnant-woman-cooking-featured.jpgAnd the publisher, ACP Magazines Ltd., is …