Food in the News

FDA Investigation Update: Outbreak Investigation of Cyclospora: Bagged Salads (June 2020)

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners continue to investigate a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections potentially linked to salad products that were made by Fresh Express containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots and that were sold in several regions of the United States.

COVID-19: Its Effect on Food in the Workplace and Home

[Editor's note:  In response to a request from Shelf Life Advice, food process engineer Dr. Timothy Bowser submitted this account of changes in food factories, procedures for fighting contagion, and home cooking that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Bowser serves on the faculty of Oklahoma State University and is a member of the Shelf Life Advice Advisory Board.] 


What's likely to change in your local restaurants due to COVID-19?

"Let's eat out tonight" is one of my favorite suggestions. That may seem odd since, after all, I am the author of a website about food. But the truth is that, while I love to eat, especially some new dish I've never tasted before, I'm not so gung ho about grocery shopping, preparing recipes with 35 ingredients or doing 110 dishes.

FDA Constituent Update: FDA Warns Jimmy John's and Sprouts Unlimited After Outbreak

Constituent Update - February 25, 2020: Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a warning letter issues to Jimmy John's Franchise LLC for engaging in a pattern of receiving and offering sale adulterated fresh produce, specifically clover sprouts and cucumbers.

FDA Press Release: FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children

FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children [For Immediate Release: January 31, 2020]


FDA News Release: Statement on the Salinas-linked romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and status update on investigation

Statement on Salinas-linked romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and status update on investigation Outbreaks declared over, investigation advances, root cause analysis continues


Thanksgiving Dinner: Is there Anything New?

dinner napYou may think you know everything there is to know about the up-coming holiday because (you say) it's the same every year--same food, same guests, same bloated stomach, same redundant leftovers. Still, perhaps there are a few Thanksgiving-related questions you can't answer.  Try these:  Can eating turkey make you sleepy?    Can a turkey be fried indoors? What's the best way to prepare a turkey for traveling? We'll answer these and other questions including the most important one: is there any way to make this holiday fun for overworked hosts?  Let's find out. 

FAQs about that Ubiquitous Fall Favorite, the Pumpkin

pumpkinRecently, have you noticed a lot of happy, orange faces smiling at you?  They're everywhere in October--standing proudly in front of houses, grinning from people's lawns, and shining candlelight through windows at night. No self-respecting publication or TV news (or food) show gets through autumn without discussing and depicting lavish Halloween decorations, gigantic pumpkin contest winners, and scrumptious pumpkin pie recipes to serve after the Thanksgiving turkey. Let's learn more about pumpkins. What are they? How big can they grow? What foods can we make with them?  Are they nutritious?  And, finally, what's actually in that can labeled "100% pure pumpkin"?


So you thought you were up to date on what foods were healthier than others. But don't be too surprised if researchers force you to reshuffle your beliefs. That's their job. Be flexible enough to keep an open mind when considering the virtues and vices of various edibles.

PFAS--What do the letters stand for? Are they dangerous?

NOTE: Much of the information in the following article came from a newly updated FDA website about PFAS.  The FDA provided CNN with an advance copy of the text.




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