How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made it easier for consumers to find out whether their drinking water meets Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) standards.  On May 16, 2011, EPA announced an update to ECHO , the Enforcement and Compliance History Online, an electronic tool maintained by the EPA Office of Ground and

Can the U.S. Avoid a Foodborne Outbreak from Contaminated Sprouts?

Forty people died and more than 3,500 became ill this spring as a result of ingesting E. coli-contaminated vegetable sprouts grown on a German organic farm.  Investigators do not know the source of the extremely virulent strain of E. coli, but one thing is certain:  Making sprouts safe for consumers has been a concern and

My Holiday Kitchen

I love the holidays that bring families and friends together as the calendar year winds down. I recently spent a lovely, long weekend with Michigan family and friends, enjoying four of the eight nights of Hanukkah with gifts for the children and traditional holiday foods. In days gone by, the kitchen was the warm hub

Thanksgiving: Full Stomachs, Happy Memories, No Foodborne Illness

Thanksgiving is a big deal in the Golodner household.  I’ll be serving about 30 relatives from California, Michigan, and New York and several friends and family from the local area.  This is one of my favorite times of the year— tried and true recipes are resurrected, new ones tried, ingredients gathered, cooking and baking planned…all

National Poison Prevention Week

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 14-20), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with the Poison Prevention Week Council, recommendslocking up household cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and other materials to reduce accidental poisoning among children. On March 15, 2010, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week.