Food in the News

Produce and Pesticides: Must They Always Go Together?

ProducePerhaps you’re concerned about consuming pesticides along with your produce.  But perhaps you find that buying produce only if it’s labeled organic is too expensive and inconvenient.  What to do? Simple, many sources will tell you: buy organic when the produce you want is high in pesticides and save money by buying conventionally grown produce when the item is low in pesticides.  “Fine,” you reply, “but how do I know which is which?”  Easy.  Consult  “EGW’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.”

Eggs: Why the Recall; How to Handle Eggs Safely

Food recallHard to believe the humble, ordinary little egg could become such big news.  But August 13 was the start date of a nationwide recall involving more than 550 million shell eggs (out of a national production of some 90 billion). The recall has involved at least 14 states and has caused the illness of about 1,500 people.  (That number is expected to increase as August figures come in.)

Your Favorite Snacks May Improve Health

Blueberries and chocolateIf it has seemed to you that the most delicious edibles are the least healthy, it’s time to put  that thought aside. The health benefits of nuts, chocolate, and blueberries  have been known for awhile, but new studies add further evidence that these ever-popular snack foods can improve the circulatory system and  lengthen life. 



Raw Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled---AGAIN

SproutsAn important reminder: if you’re eating raw alfalfa sprouts, you’re risking food-borne illness.

Salsa and Guacamole: You CAN Dip without Much Risk

Salsa and GuacamoleYou may have read about salsa and guacamole being frequent sources of food-borne  illness in any number of newspapers—the L.A. Times, U.S.A. Today, the Chicago Tribune, and others.  But this announcement doesn’t mean you need to give up eating and serving  what may be your favorite dips.  There are precautions  you can take that greatly reduce the  chances of  consuming contaminated versions of these popular appetizers.

Food That Affects Mood

Kids Eating Strawberries and ChocolateStudies show that what you eat affects not just your belt size, health, and longevity, but also your mood and thinking processes—for better or worse.

Recent Food Recalls

Food RecallProblems necessitating food recalls may be detected by government inspectors,  manufacturers or processors, or consumers.  Some, but by no means all, recalls are about pathogens discovered in food.  Let’s look at some recent recalls (June and early July, 2010), and see what they were about.

Where To Buy The Freshest Produce

Fresh produceNow that summer is in the air, you may be longing for fresh-from-the-farm produce.  It’s often described as more delicious and nutritious than the usual supermarket products, and  it’s not out of reach, even for urban dwellers. 


Lettuce Recall in 23 States and D.C.

Lettuce RecallWarning to consumers:  If you have any Freshway or Imperial Sysco shredded romaine lettuce dated May 12 or earlier, discard it immediately. It could cause serious illness.

An E.coli 0145 outbreak, which substantial evidence has linked to contaminated lettuce, has sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York, and Michigan.  An E.coli infection can cause mild diarrhea or more serious illness.  Of those who became ill, 12 were hospitalized, 3 of them with a life-threatening syndrome that involving bleeding in the brain or kidneys.  The CDC is investigating 10 more cases probably linked to the same outbreak.


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