16
Nov
2012
Food Safety

Activating Your Holiday Kitchen


31
Aug
2012
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

A Guide to Safe Reusable Grocery Bag Use

Environmental consciousness and municipal “bag taxes” are curtailing consumer use of new plastic and paper shopping bags in many areas of the US. Consumers, myself included, are getting better at remembering to “BYOB”—“Bring Your Own Bag”—to the marketplace. In my view, this paradigm shift in American shopping is positive from the perspective of resource conservation.... Read More »

24
Aug
2012
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Cantaloupe Contamination: What Consumers Can Do to Help Reduce their Risk of Foodborne Illness

The evidence is mounting that cantaloupe food safety deserves increased attention from both producers and consumers.  Three recent contamination incidents support the need for new approaches.  First, an unidentified farm in southwestern Indiana is believed to be the source of Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe that infected 141 people in 20 states between July 7 and August 4,... Read More »

15
Jun
2012
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Risky Behavior: Eat Raw Cookie Dough? Just Say No!

As delicious as it may be, unbaked, commercial, prepackaged cookie dough can make you sick. That’s the conclusion of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigative study of a 2009 E. coliO157 outbreak in 30 states. Seventy-seven patients, mostly female and under the age of 19, contracted gastrointestinal illness between mid-March and early... Read More »

11
May
2012
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Dog Food

At least fourteen people in nine states have been infected with Salmonella Infantis as a result of contact with contaminated dry dog food, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Although no deaths have been reported, five of the patients were hospitalized.  Those infected range in age from less... Read More »

04
May
2012
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Growers Association Highlight Safety and Transparency

Spring cantaloupe planting is under way in Colorado, and following a tragic foodborne disease outbreak last year, growers are determined to regain consumer confidence. In 2011, over 30 people died and at least 146 were sickened during a Listeria outbreak traced to contaminated cantaloupe blog. Jensen Farms, the source of the Listeria outbreak, is located near... Read More »

20
Jan
2012
Outbreaks
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

The Jensen Farms Cantaloupe Outbreak: How to Avoid Repeating a Tragedy

Last summer a family-owned farm in Colorado became the focal point of the largest foodborne illness outbreak in the US in 25 years. Tragically, cantaloupe contaminated with Listeria bacteria sickened 146 people in 28 states, killed 30 and caused one pregnant woman to miscarry, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The... Read More »

23
Nov
2011
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Thanksgiving: Keeping it Healthy for Everyone

Thanksgiving is almost here and across the country cooks are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year. But as food preparations begin, is there enough focus on holiday food safety? Last year at this time the Water Quality & Health Council conducted a survey that found Americans are more concerned... Read More »