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Ground-Turkey Test Finds 90 Percent With Bacteria

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA Consumer Reports lab analysis of ground-turkey products purchased nationwide found that 90 percent had potentially disease-causing bacteria, some of which were antibiotic-resistant. The consumer watchdog organization said its first investigation of this kind on ground turkey also showed that turkeys raised without antibiotics had much less antibiotic-resistant bacteria than did turkeys raised with antibiotics. The new report follows a February analysis of store-bought meat by Food and Drug Administration scientists that found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 81 percent of raw …

What’s Lurking in Your Refrigerator Drawers?

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthWhich of your kitchen appliances or utensils has the most germs? It’s not, as most people in a new survey guessed, the keypad on the microwave. Or even that gunky can opener, the second most common answer. In terms of the pathogens that could really make you ill — E. coli, salmonella and listeria — the top three offenders were the refrigerator meat and vegetable drawers, followed by the blender gasket — that floppy ring that fits around the appliance’s …

Spinach Recall (Yes, Again) Hits 39 States

Posted on 02/20/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTaylor Farms has announced it is voluntarily recalling its organic baby spinach products in 39 states because of possible E. coli contamination. The company says it took the action “out of an abundance of caution.” This is the third time in as many years that the company has recalled spinach products due to suspected contamination. The currently recalled products had “the potential to be contaminated with Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC),” the company announced in a statement. This bacteria can cause …

Finally! FDA’s New Food-Safety Rules

Posted on 01/7/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSo here’s a brilliant idea: If you want to keep fresh fruits and vegetables from becoming contaminated and making people sick, how about making sure that workers wash their hands, crops are irrigated with unpolluted water, processing equipment stays clean and animals are kept away from crops? Sounds simple, but it’s taken years for the government, consumers and the food industry to agree on how to enforce these things. Last week, two years to the day after Congress passed landmark …

Sprouts Are Out: Kroger Stops Selling Them Due to Health Risk

Posted on 10/23/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSo tiny, yet so deadly. That’s the verdict on raw sprouts — from the mung bean sprouts used in Chinese stir-fry dishes to the threadlike alfalfa or clover sprouts often added to sandwiches —which have caused dozens of food poisoning outbreaks in the past two decades. The government’s been trying for 14 years to get growers to do a better job of reducing contamination, but hasn’t been too successful. So finally, retailers are just deciding not to sell the teeny …

In The Raw: The Culprit In Cookie Dough Contamination

Posted on 12/12/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHoliday baking is in full force, but don’t be tempted to nibble on that raw cookie dough. Especially you, ladies. Two years ago, eating Nestle Toll House raw cookie dough sickened 77 people in 30 states, most of them women and adolescent girls. It was the first time packaged cookie dough had ever caused food poisoning. Now a lengthy investigation into that outbreak has found a likely — and surprising — culprit: The flour. After Nestle recalled 3.6 million packages …