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Foodborne Illness

  • Study Finds Recipes With Handwashing, Temperature Reminders Improve Food Safety
    Kansas State University researchers have discovered the secret ingredient to improving kitchen food safety: include handwashing reminders and meat thermometer instructions in published recipes. ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Genomics Technique Could Accelerate Detection of Foodborne Bacterial Outbreaks
    A new testing methodology based on metagenomics could accelerate the diagnosis of foodborne bacterial outbreaks, allowing public health officials to identify the microbial culprits in less than a day. The methodology could also identify co-infections with secondary ...More
    4 days ago Posted in News
  • 'Five-Second Rule' Unsupported by Science
    When you were a kid, you might have heard a parent or sibling cite the “five-second rule” before swooping down on a piece of fugitive salami or a wayward grape. The basic premise is that once food is dropped on the floor you have a time limit of five seconds ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Television Cooking Shows Overlook Safe Food Handling Practices
    Forty-eight million cases of foodborne illness are reported annually in the United States, including 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These illnesses can result from improper food safety practices in retail settings, but illness ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Simple Food Additive Slows E. coli Poisoning
    Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning. Had this discovery been known before the deadly 2011 E. coli outbreak in Germany, doctors may have had one more tool to save some of ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Purdue Scientists Have Bright Idea for Detecting Harmful Bacteria in Food Products
    Scientists looking for traces of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands - turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark. Purdue University researchers have engineered a bacteriophage called NanoLuc -- a ...More
    October 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Beef Products
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple state public health authorities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliO157:H7 ...More
    September 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • MRSA May Be Spreading Through Contaminated Poultry
    A new study offers compelling evidence that a novel form of the dangerous superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can spread to humans through consumption or handling of contaminated poultry. The research, published online today in the journal Clinical ...More
    September 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Speedy Bacteria Detector Could Help Prevent Foodborne Illnesses
    It seems like almost every week another food product is being recalled because of contamination. One of the more common culprits is a pathogenic strain of E. coli. To help prevent illnesses caused by this bacteria in food or water, researchers have developed a new ...More
    September 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Rutgers Researchers Debunk 'Five-Second Rule'
    Rutgers researchers have disproven the widely accepted notion that it's OK to scoop up food and eat it within a "safe" five-second window. Donald Schaffner, professor and extension specialist in food science, found that moisture, type of surface and contact time all ...More
    September 9, 2016 Posted in News
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