Food in the News

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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