Thank heavens for restaurant inspections. But when’s the last time you checked the inspection scores for your favorite restaurant? A new app makes it easy.
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Peanut Corporation of America Executives Behind Bars, Awaiting Sentencing for Widespread Salmonella Outbreak
Brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell have been taken into custody after an Albany U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia convicted the two on close to 100 federal felony counts related to deadly salmonella outbreaks connected with Peanut Corporation of America’s peanuts dating back more than six years. Bail was set at $150,000.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Most of the meat you eat comes from factory farming. Peruse this infographic to learn why you should care and what you can do given your new knowledge.
More than 370 people have fallen ill from cyclospora since June. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths.
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!
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.
When’s the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Can’t recall? Then it’s been too long. According to a recent germ study, your kitchens are downright filthy.
A recent report from the CDC shows that leafy greens are the primary source of foodborne illness.
If you have ever worried about recipes that call for undercooked or raw egg yolks? Martha Holmberg, author of the new cookbook, Modern Sauces, offers this advice: I’d love to be able to say unequivocally that it’s always safe to eat a hollandaise sauce, but I’m afraid I can’t do it. There will always be […]