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CDC: limited progress in reducing foodborne infections in 2013

April 17, 2014

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The nation’s food safety grades are out and the results are mixed.  CDC’s annual report card shows that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States. The rate of salmonella infections decreased by about nine percent in 2013 compared with the previous three years, bringing it to the rate […]

Antibacterial soaps can reduce risk of foodborne illness

April 17, 2014

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by Doug Powell Friend of the blog Don Schaffner has published some new research that shows  the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria – that often leads to foodborne illness – more effectively than using non-antibacterial soaps. The research, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Food Protection (Vol. 77, No. 4, 2014, […]

Norovirus outbreak hits Florida school

April 17, 2014

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by Ben Chapman Over the past couple of days I drove the family from sunny and somewhat warm Raleigh, NC to the frigid tundra of Southern Ontario. I knew things would be bad when it started snowing as we passed through Maryland – in mid-April. One of the consequences of a long cold winter is […]

Chocolate’s Soaring Price Could Make It ‘Like Champagne’

April 17, 2014

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As cocoa prices surge to near-record highs on demand for emerging markets, chocoholics brace for a hike in price – and maybe even a different taste, as chocolate makers hunt out cheaper ingredients. Cocoa futures are up 10 percent so far this year, hitting almost £1,900 on ($3,195) a ton in March. Last year prices […]

CDC: New Englanders not Getting Enough Fruits & Veggies

April 16, 2014

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New Englanders aren’t eating enough fruit and vegetables, according to a new report released this month by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US dietary guidelines recommend at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. However, adults consume about 1.1 servings of fruits per day and about 1.6 servings of […]

Joe’s Crab Shack Swimming in Artifical Oils

April 16, 2014

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Think your eating healthy at Joe’s Crab Shack? Think again. Fish, if you know what fish you are really consuming, is  healthy alternative, and it isn’t the fish at Joe’s Crab Shack that is the problem. It’s the artificial trans fats, that have the consumer watchdog group, CPSI, reeling, pardon the pun. Today the food […]

California Expands Warning about Anchovies & Sardines

April 16, 2014

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat commercially or recreationally caught anchovy or sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.  Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these species and could be present in […]

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