19
Nov
2015
Food Safety

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


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 »

22
Nov
2013
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

The Thanksgiving Cook’s Quiz

Calling all cooks: As Thanksgiving approaches, you are invited to test your knowledge of safe food handling with this quiz: 1. Which of the following should all Thanksgiving cooks assume as they begin dinner preparations? a. All guests will arrive on time. b. The raw turkey is contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria. c. The mashed... Read More »

02
Aug
2013
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Foodborne Illness Outbreak: Cyclospora

Federal and state agencies are working together to determine which foods are responsible for an outbreak of diarrheal illness that has affected almost 400 people in 11 states. Prepackaged salad mix has been identified as responsible for outbreaks in Iowa and Nebraska, but it is not known whether outbreaks in other states are also linked... Read More »

26
Apr
2013
Food Safety
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Six Sneaky Hiding Spots for Kitchen Germs

What are the sneakiest hiding spots for kitchen germs?  Microbiologist Lisa Yakas, of NSF-International recently set out to answer that question.  Her findings confirm that germs are especially partial to environments that feature moisture and food residue. Twenty volunteer families enlisted in Yakas’ NSF-International project in which participants swabbed 14 common kitchen surfaces.  Next the... Read More »