Food in the News

Just in Time for New Year’s Eve, Getting High Makes Headlines

A plethora of newspapers and magazine articles about alcoholic beverages appear for our perusal as we approach New Year's Eve. The emphasis seems to be upon recipes rather than warnings, so Shelf Life Advice will dispense with the former and focus on the latter. We're fast approaching that evening when imbibing enough to get yourself a bit tipsy is expected and even encouraged by some well-meaning hosts who want you to have fun. Therefore, we're here to give you some trustworthy and sometimes sobering information about alcohol and your body.  No, we're not trying to bash the bottled holiday "cheer."  There are benefits as well as risks involved, as we point out.

Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to chicken salad sold by Costco, but what ingredient caused the illnesses?

The FDA and other government agencies have a mystery on their hands. Exactly what ingredient  caused chicken salad sold by Costco to sicken at least 19 people in 7 states? The following is a shorter version of the  FDA's December 8 update on this outbreak that came to the attention of the public with the recall of an onion/celery mix that may, in fact, not be the contaminated product.


The Painful Trials of Turkeyhood

I've been told that turkeys look forward to Thanksgiving Day and similar holiday dinners.  They dream of becoming the central attraction, star of the show, recipient of boisterous "aaahhhhs" at a festive dinner table.  Alas, the end is not always so glorious.  In May and June of 2015, avian flu caused the demise of some 48 million birds.  According to the Chicago Tribune, 7.7 million of them were turkeys.

LATEST UPDATE FROM THE CDC: On Cucumber Illness Outbreak

LATEST UPDATE,  Oct 7, 2015: An additional 61 cases of salmonellosis has brought the total size of this cucumber-linked  outbreak to 732 people.  Since the shelf life of a cucumber is only 14 days, the CDC does not expect too many more, if any, additional cases.  The scope of this outbreak has now reached 35 states, and 150 people have been hospitalized  


Consumer Attitudes Toward GMOs, Frozen Fruit, and Beautiful Food

GMOTwo recent surveys dealing with consumer attitudes toward foods make sense. One is  surprisingly illogical. Let's find out what gets people buying or eating certain foods, according to  these three surveys.

Increasing Concerns about GMOs

Hundreds Sickened, Likely by Tainted Cucumbers

Cucumbers contaminated with salmonella  are the suspected cause of 285 illnesses in 27 states. As a result, Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (“A&W”) of San Diego, California is voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under its Limited Edition® label from August 1 through September 3, 2015.


Why Trans Fats Are Back in the News Again, and Why You Should Care

FrostingWhat has inspired a rash of recent articles about trans fats, specifically the partially hydrogenated types (which is what most of them are)?  Exactly what are artificial trans fats?  What foods are they in, and why should we avoid eating them? These and related questions  are answered below by the FDA, food scientist Dr.

New Refrigerator Designs May Keep Perishables Alive Longer; Shelf-Stable Products Need the Right Care, Too

Proper handling of foods--both perishables and shelf-stable ones--will give your food a few extra days or even weeks or months of freshness.  Shelf Life Advice is full of advice on proper wrapping and storage of hundreds of edibles.

Kapowsin Meats Recalls Pork Product Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Food Recall

Planning to barbecue a whole hog this Labor Day weekend?  Then the following government news release may interest you.  It concludes with tips on how to be sure your barbecued pork is safe for your guests to consume. If you live in Washington or Alaska and have purchased pork to barbecue, pay special attention to the numbers that identify the recalled products.

Millions of Pounds of Breaded Frozen Raw Chicken Products Recalled!

Food Recall

Three companies--Barber Foods, Aspen Foods, and  Murry, Inc.--have recalled almost  4 million pounds of chicken nuggets and chicken Kiev-type products due to the discovery of  bacterial contamination.  There have been cases of foodborne illness associated with at least 2 of these recalls, so be sure that none of these products are lurking in your freezer.  Information to help you identify the recalled items is provided below.


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