14
Dec
2012
Food Safety

That White Film on Baby Carrots: Myth and Fact


07
Dec
2012
Food Safety
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Sounds Like a New Way to Make Spinach Safer

“Eat your greens,” mom always said. And she was right. Fresh spinach, a powerhouse of nutrition, is a good example.  According to the How Stuff Works website, spinach provides twice as much fiber as other greens.  Raw spinach contains: beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant that can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts; lutein, a phytochemical that... Read More »

16
Nov
2012
Food Safety
by Water Quality & Health Council

Activating Your Holiday Kitchen

It’s the holiday season and your kitchen may be one of the millions in America that is about to be activated. Get ready to turn out your favorite dishes in the warmest, friendliest room in the house. But keep in mind that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one in... Read More »

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 »