food safety

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 …

Ready-to-Eat Salads With Meat Recalled for Listeria

Posted on 10/24/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthUpdated Friday Oct. 25: Refrigerated, ready-to-eat salads from two firms have been hit with government recalls because of possible contamination with dangerous listeria, both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Listeria can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause …

Foster Farms Raw Chicken Sickens Nearly 300

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThree California-based Foster Farms chicken processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 17 states will remain open after company officials said they would make changes to their operations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. Earlier this week, the USDA had threatened the facilities with closure if the company didn’t come up with a plan for making substantive improvements. In a letter to the company, the USDA warned that sanitary conditions at the facility …

Is That Chicken Nugget Made in China? You’ll Never Know

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEveryone from chefs to health experts to the first lady has touted eating locally grown food, praising it for its freshness because it doesn’t have to travel far to get to consumers. Which is why it was stunning to learn this month that chickens raised and slaughtered in the U.S. may soon be sent for cooking and processing to China, then sent back to the U.S. to be sold in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets. Sign up for the AARP Health …

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, …