When people think of where germs lurk in the kitchen, the blender and can opener are not likely to be the first two places that come to mind. But these two cooking tools, along with the meat and vegetable trays in the refrigerator and rubber spatulas, top the list of the “germiest” items in the…

Acrylamide-preventing yeast strains might not sound like something worth celebrating, but do not tell that to the folks at Functional Technologies Corp. Acrylamide is a known lethal neurotoxin that sometimes occurs in cooked starchy foods, which causes some concerns about carcinogenicity of those foods. The Canadian firm’s recent experience shows how an important public safety…