Stories about food safety


Contaminated ground turkey found in 21 states

By Carey Gillam, Reuters on May 01, 2013, at 10:19 a.m.
KANSAS CITY — Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in ground turkey on U.S. grocery shelves across a variety of brands and stores located in 21 states, according to a report by a consumer watchdog organization. Of the 257 samples of ground turkey tested, more than half were found to …

CDC study: Dairy, leafy vegetables top culprits in foodborne illnesses

By Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Feb. 12, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.
MILWAUKEE — Dairy products accounted for more foodborne-illness hospitalizations over an 11-year period than 16 other commodity foods, says a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the big concerns is raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products, John Painter, one of the study’s authors, …

Is it safe to eat bruised fruit?

By Brian Palmer, Slate on Feb. 04, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.
Much of the United States has been suffering through a deep freeze for several days, and farmers are starting to express concern about damage to crops. Citrus growers in the West say damage to the fruit has already occurred, although not enough to impact prices. All this damaged fruit has …

Little progress made in fight against contaminated foods

By Dina ElBoghdady, The Washington Post on July 30, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.
Little progress has been made in combating many types of food-borne illnesses in recent years, according to new federal data, an outcome that food safety advocates say underscores the need to put into place the landmark food-safety bill signed by President Barack Obama more than a year ago. The most …
In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, cantaloupes rot in the afternoon heat on a field on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo. Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at the farm's cantaloupe-packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said. President Barack Obama's proposed budget would eliminate the nation's only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly food-borne illness outbreaks.

Obama’s budget axes bacteria testing for fruits and vegetables

By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press on Feb. 16, 2012, at 8:33 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would eliminate the nation’s only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks. The budget plan the president sent to Congress Monday would ax the …
A study of Canadian pigs found bacteria in the animals remained resistant to antibiotics long after farmers stopped dosing them. Scientists are researching the implications for hospitals and the human food supply.

Livestock remain drug-resistant years after stopping antibiotics

By Beth Marie Mole, ScienceNOW on Dec. 05, 2011, at 9:02 a.m.
Livestock farms that stop using antibiotics may still be breeding grounds for drug-resistant germs, according to a new study. Scientists have found that bacteria in a group of Canadian pigs remained mostly impervious to two antibiotics years after farmers stopped dosing the animals. This antibiotic resistance could eventually make its …

Tests find no salmonella at Maine egg farms

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 15, 2010, at 10:27 p.m.
A federal inspection has determined that Maine’s big commercial egg farms are free of Salmonella enteriditis, the disease-causing bacterium that caused a massive nationwide recall of eggs produced at two farms in Iowa last summer. The findings, which support the results of Maine’s own testing program, were announced Wednesday by …
A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector checks eggs at Maine Contract Farming, Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Turner, Maine.  New England's largest egg farm is taking steps to show it has improved care of its hens after reaching a settlement over allegations its birds were mistreated. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Salmonella-tainted eggs linked to US failure to act

By Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post on Dec. 11, 2010, at 8:38 a.m.
Public health officials closed the books this month on an outbreak of Salmonella illness that had sickened more than 1,900 people since May and led to the largest recall of eggs in U.S. history. Two Iowa egg farms drew most of the blame, triggering a congressional investigation, a federal criminal …

Listeria found at Texas produce plant

on Nov. 04, 2010, at 6:56 a.m.
Betsy Blaney Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Federal health officials found the listeria bacteria at a San Antonio food processing plant that Texas authorities have linked to four deaths from contaminated celery, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The federal agency said it found the pathogen in multiple locations …
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