food poisoning

Eating Out Today? Don’t Read This

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHalf of the 48 million cases of food-borne disease each year stem from restaurants, and a series of recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides some clear reasons why: In many cases restaurant managers and workers aren’t following basic food-safety measures. CDC researchers visited hundreds of restaurants in 10 states to figure out what restaurants were doing wrong. Turns out, many workers aren’t being trained about how to handle food safely. They don’t wash their hands …

Food Labels: Don’t Believe the ‘Use By’ Date

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you throw out food when it’s past the “use by” or “sell by” date on the label, thinking it’s no longer safe to eat? Then you’re making the same mistake that 91 percent of Americans — myself included — make: namely, prematurely tossing billions of pounds of food (and wasting lots of money) every year because we think those dates indicate food safety. In actuality, the dates stamped on food products are set by manufacturers primarily to help retailers …

Beach-Bound? How to Pack a Cooler So Food Stays Safe

Posted on 07/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPacking up the car for a beach or lake vacation? Keep food safe by making sure  your cooler stays cold enough during the drive. The key is keeping food below 40 degrees F. so that bacteria can’t grow, say the food safety experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Follow their handy cooler checklist and you’ll truly be able to chill out: Use plenty of ice or frozen gel packs; have one insulated cooler for raw meat, poultry and seafood, …

Frozen-Berry Recall After Hepatitis Outbreak

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthUpdated June 12: An organic, frozen berry blend sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores that was recalled has now sickened 87 people in eight states with a rare strain of hepatitis A. NBC News is reporting that 36 people have been hospitalized with severe infections. All of the ill people have reported buying the frozen fruit mix at Costco, which sold the product starting in February, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Outbreaks were …

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 …

Sandy’s Damage Also Includes Health Dangers

Posted on 11/2/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthContaminated water, questionable food and toxic mold are just some of the health problems left by Hurricane Sandy’s trail of destruction along the East Coast. Public health officials told National Public Radio that residents in areas devastated by the superstorm face several risks, not the least of which is polluted floodwater. Water that filled people’s basements and garages could contain a nasty mix of chemicals, pesticides, paint, gasoline and all the other things that people typically store in those areas, …