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

So 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 …

Check Your Fridge: Bagged Dole Lettuce Recalled in 15 States

You may need to toss that tossed salad. Dole Food Co. is recalling nearly 800 cases of bagged Seven Lettuces salad in 15 states because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The Dole Seven Lettuces salad being recalled is marked with a use-by date of April 11, 2012 and Product Codes 0577N089112A or 0577N089112B, both of which can be found in the upper right corner of the package. It is also identified by the UPC code 71430 01057, located on …

In The Raw: The Culprit In Cookie Dough Contamination

Holiday 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 …

Tainted Turkey: Have You Checked Your Freezer?

In the wake of one of the nation’s largest food recalls  – 36 million pounds of ground turkey suspected of salmonella contamination — federal health officials are urging consumers to check their freezers for ground turkey they may have bought weeks or months ago and to toss any packages that are now on the recall list. Because the contaminated products, including turkey patties and seasoned ground turkey, were produced between Feb. 20 and Aug. 2 of this year, consumers may …

The Raw Truth About E. Coli In Veggies

The devastating outbreak of E. coli poisoning in Germany - now traced to bean sprouts – is particularly frightening because the deadly new strain is extremely hard to treat. So far 31 have died and more than 700 are in intensive care, including three Americans who had recently visited Germany. The virulent new form of E. coli afflicts the kidneys, blood and central nervous system, resulting in a devastating, potentially life-threatening illness with a high probability of lifelong complications.