Packaged salad cause of listeria outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say a listeria outbreak, linked to Dole salads packaged in Springfield, Ohio has resulted the death of a person from Michigan and sickened others in six states. The salads are sold under several brands, including Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth,… Read more »

Food safety for the holiday buffet

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Those finger foods and appetizers this holiday might be passing along an unexpected surprise.  Food Safety Educator Lisa Treiber, with Michigan State University Extension, says to remember to use toothpicks and serving ware even with appetizers or you could be picking up a food borne illness or flu bug from the holiday buffet. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM… Read more »

FDA names farm in cantaloupe recall

The US Food and Drug Administration identified an Indiana farm believed to be tied to the recent salmonella outbreak in cantaloupe.  The FDA has recalled cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Ind. and has said the farm’s cantaloupe may be one source of contamination in the multi-state outbreak.  Records show the product was shipped to… Read more »

Survey: Most willing to pay more for better ‘food safety’

The Pew Charitable Trust—an organization known for its opposition to modern farming methods—has released results of a new poll on government oversight of food safety. According to Pew, 66 percent of those surveyed support additional funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety.  And 74 percent… Read more »

Finding E. coli in beef faster

A study conducted at Purdue University using infrared spectroscopy found the amount of time to detect E. coli in beef could be reduced from the current 48 hours to just one hour. Conducted by Lisa Mauer, an associate professor of food science at Purdue, the method also differentiates between strains of E. coli 0157:H7, which… Read more »

Illnesses linked to raw milk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with state agencies in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois is alerting consumers to campylobacteriosis, an illness associated with drinking raw milk. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) at least 12 confirmed cases of the illness have been reported in consumers who drank raw milk that originated… Read more »