20
Jan
2012
Outbreaks

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


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 »

10
Nov
2011
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Pet Products and Salmonella Contamination

It is part of the daily routine in millions of American homes: Feeding the family pet; tossing the puppy a treat during training; administering a prescribed pet supplement. Not quite as routine are recommended precautions to avoid serious foodborne illnesses that may result from contact with these pet products.... Read More »

26
Oct
2011
Outbreaks
by Linda Golodner

Listeria Outbreak in Jensen Farms Cantaloupes: Lessons Learned

Bacterial contamination recently turned a nutritious, beta-carotene-rich melon into an agent of foodborne illness for some unfortunate consumers. The Denver Post reports October 26 that the multi-state outbreak, traced to Rocky-Ford brand cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado, has caused 28 deaths and that the Colorado cantaloupe industry will be subjected to stronger... Read More »

27
Jun
2011
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

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... Read More »

21
Jan
2011
Food Safety
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

Re-estimating Foodborne Illness Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last month that it has updated and improved its 11-year old estimates of the prevalence of foodborne illness in the United States. According to the new statistics, each year 48 million people, or one in six Americans, contract foodborne illnesses; 128,000 Americans are hospitalized and 3,000... Read More »

10
Dec
2010
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

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... Read More »

15
Nov
2010
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

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... Read More »