CDC: Many Food Workers Don’t Wash Hands (and Worse)

Half 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 …

Ground-Turkey Test Finds 90 Percent With Bacteria

A 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?

Which 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 …

Thaw A Turkey in the Dryer? Try Some Safer Methods

Under the heading “Don’t Try This At Home,” comes this photo of actress Zooey Deschanel, star of the new Fox TV sitcom “New Girl,” trying unsuccessfully to defrost a Thanksgiving turkey in the dryer on a recent episode. Obviously, her character is meant to be clueless, but thawing that gigantic poultry cannonball in time to cook it for the holiday feast is a common problem — and a potential source of food-borne illness. Because most of us only have to …

Cold Cuts: Heat ‘Em Before You Eat ‘Em

So why are they called cold cuts? You might be asking that very question after hearing that federal food safety experts think  we shouldn’t be eating our cold cuts cold. Especially if you’re over 50. Luncheon meats like ham, turkey, salami and others can contain a dangerous bacteria called listeria. Even when refrigerated, the listeria in contaminated deli meats can multiply and grow. Older Americans and pregnant women are at particular risk of getting a serious infection called listeriosis if …