Food Safety


  • Study Reveals Fungus in Yogurt Poses a Threat to Consumers
    The fungus responsible for an outbreak caused by contaminated Greek yogurt last year is not harmless after all but a strain with the ability to cause disease, according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Swiss Cuisine Favorite is a Risk Factor for Campylobacter Infections
    Meat fondue with chicken is one of the primary risk factors for a campylobacter infection in Switzerland in winter, a new study shows. At the end of each year, the reported case numbers of this severe intestinal infection increase in Switzerland. This increase over the ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • The Truth Behind the '5-Second Rule'
    The burger patty that slides off the plate, the ice cream treat that plops on the picnic table, the hot dog that rolls off the grill – conventional wisdom has it that you have five seconds to pick it up before it is contaminated. Fact or folklore? “A dropped ...More
    June 24, 2014 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Antimicrobial Edible Films Inhibit Pathogens in Meat
    Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Using films made of pullulan -- an edible, ...More
    May 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Data Show Limited Progress in Reducing Foodborne Infections in 2013
    The nation’s food safety grades are out and the results are mixed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s annual report card shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States. The rate of ...More
    April 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Pathogens in Cheese: Researchers Follow the Traces of Deadly Bacteria
    If food products are not produced in a hygienic environment, consumers can face the threat of dangerous pathogens. This is exactly what happened in 2009 and 2010 when two different strains of Listeria monocytogenes were found in the traditional Austrian curd cheese known as ...More
    March 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Hospital Food Safety Measures Reduce Risk of Contaminated Food
    A new study found more than 80 percent of raw chicken used in  hospitals in food for patients and staff was contaminated with a form of antibiotic resistant bacteria called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing E.coli. While sufficient preparation ...More
    March 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • FDA Investigates Presence of Listeria in Some Hispanic-Style Cheeses
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat any of the following brands of cheese manufactured or repackaged by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del.: Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Anita. Roos Foods has voluntarily recalled all lots and all types ...More
    February 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC, SC Department of Health Warn of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Hilton Head Restaurant
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to warn people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A at a Hilton Head restaurant after a restaurant worker tested positive for hepatitis ...More
    February 25, 2014 Posted in News
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