08
Jan
2016
Food Safety

Closing Produce Contaminant Loopholes


18
Dec
2015
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

When Fresh Ingredients Make Consumers Sick

Over 140 Boston College students were sickened recently after eating at a Chipotle restaurant near the Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts campus.  The culprit:  norovirus, the most common cause of foodborne illness in the US.  The norovirus outbreak comes on the heels of a multistate outbreak of E. coli associated with Chipotle that made 52 people sick... Read More »

04
Dec
2015
Flu
by Fred Reiff, PE

The Lesson in Costco Chicken Salad

The recent multistate outbreak of foodborne illness linked to Costco rotisserie chicken salad is another reminder that safe food practices are as essential to fresh produce as they are to raw meats and poultry. The Costco outbreak was traced, not to contaminated chicken or tainted mayonnaise, but to E.coli-contaminated fresh celery in a diced vegetable... Read More »

19
Nov
2015
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Trendy or Traditional, Safe Food Preparation is a Must this Thanksgiving

As I prepare to host Thanksgiving once again, I think about how the holiday has changed over the years.  Traditionally the day is marked by a scrumptious feast with a turkey in the spotlight.  Increasingly, in many households, there is greater focus on vegetable and grain dishes to please those who prefer a healthier cuisine... Read More »

01
Oct
2015
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Foodborne Illness: It’s Not Just about Meat, Poultry and Seafood

Fresh fruits and vegetables are the stuff of healthy diets, so it may surprise you to know that fresh produce can be implicated in foodborne illness.  Salmonella, Listeria and other foodborne pathogens can contaminate your salad ingredients just as they can contaminate meats, poultry and seafood. Recently, imported cucumbers from Mexico were reported to be... Read More »

15
May
2015
Food Safety
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Listeria: Thriving in the Cold

The equivalent of 15 semi-truckloads of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was recalled earlier this year due to possible contamination with Listeria bacteria.  The recall cost the company $2.5 million, but it was the right response.  Another ice cream producer, Blue Bell Creameries, recalled all of its products made at all of its facilities after Listeria... Read More »

08
May
2015
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Avoiding Plant Disease in the Backyard Vegetable Garden

In springtime, hope springs eternal for a bountiful harvest from the backyard vegetable garden.  One risk to productivity, however, is pathogens (disease-causing microbes) transferred from contaminated planting pots and garden tools to vegetables, a form of cross-contamination.  Here are some tips for avoiding crop loss due to cross-contamination. Recycle Planting Pots, Not Pathogens Do you... Read More »

21
Nov
2014
Food Safety
by Water Quality & Health Council

Thanksgiving Stress: What Rates High on Your Meter?

Thanksgiving is meant to be a delightful day centered on family, friends, and food. Traditions play a big role on this day, whether it is a brisk pre-dinner hike, watching football on TV, or giving everyone at the table a chance to express what he or she has been most grateful for this year. Thanksgiving... Read More »