Browsing the "foodborne illness" Tag

Could Foodborne Illness Outbreaks be Stopped by Yelp?

May 31st, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger

Yelp, the popular restaurant review (and other services) website, may be helpful in more ways than just showing you where to grab a delicious dinner. If you’ve ever scrolled through those reviews thinking that people were being dramatic when they claimed the food made them sick, you may want to take heed. Turns out the site may indirectly serve as a map to foodborne illness outbreaks


Top News from the Food Front: Chicken Ick, Meat Recall, GMO Rejection, & Vegan Pizza

December 21st, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's news features not one but two reports indicting the chicken industry, as well as the USDA's (ahem) 'regulatory' oversight of it. GMOs face new and improved regulation in Hawaii, but China kicks our imports to the curb for sub-par GMO-related quality control; meanwhile Whole Foods ditches suppliers over genetically modified ingredients. If you still eat animal meat, beware! Several meat recalls are underway -- none of them (so far) involve horse meat, but that could change if horse slaughter's allowed to resume as planned. A recent study touted health benefits of organic milk over conventionally produced milk; but did you get the full story? Read on, for the week's top news in food!


Funky Chicken: New Reports Find Poultry Bacteria-Laden, Regulation Inadequate

December 19th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

Do you still eat chickens? There's never been a better time to consider ditching birds from your diet. New reports find ridiculous levels of bacterial contamination in chicken meat, including many antibiotic resistant strains. Both organic and conventionally raised birds were found to be riddled with potentially dangerous bacteria, calling USDA practices into serious question and providing abundant inspiration for alternate sandwich-ingredient exploration


Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Hundreds: CDC Scrambles, USDA Scowls

October 9th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

A salmonella outbreak linked to California's Foster Farms chicken products has sickened at least 278 people in 18 states -- some of the strains involved resist antibiotic treatment. Formerly furloughed government 'regulators' scramble frantically to catch up with the foodborne debacle. Disease purveyors urge you to cook the poop in your chicken so it can't make you sick. The ongoing salmonella outbreak begs the question: is this really the best we can do?


Hepatitis-A Outbreak Linked to Frozen Berries

May 31st, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton

The CDC, FDA, and other agencies are investigating a hepatitis outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries, purchased from Costco. So far the illness has affected at least 30 people. No formal recall has been issued yet, but a freezer check may be in order!


FDA v EWG – When is a Superbug Not a Superbug?

April 26th, 2013 | by Heather Carr

When the Environmental Working Group (EWG) wrote about the FDA's recent report on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in meat, the FDA took issue with some of the EWG's interpretations, calling them oversimplified and misleading


FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – S.510

August 27th, 2010 | by Heather Carr

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) is sitting in the Senate right now. It's already passed the House and with the giant egg recall, the risk of typhoid in ice pops, and a deli meat recall at Walmart involving 1.5 million ready-to-eat sandwiches, now would be a good time to get this one passed



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