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 …

FDA to Pet-Treat Maker: Recall Products or Else

We’ve warned you once, twice – now it’s time to “voluntarily” pull those tainted products before we make you do it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told a pet-treat maker last week. The federal agency was using its new power to demand mandatory recalls of contaminated food products. The threat was aimed at Kasel Associated Industries, which subsequently pulled all pet treats manufactured at its Colorado facility from April 20, 2012, through Sept. 19, 2012, because the products …

Spinach Recall (Yes, Again) Hits 39 States

Taylor 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

So 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

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 …

Beware of Dog Food: This Kind Can Make You Sick

Despite a recall of 11 brands of contaminated dry dog food — including brands sold at Costco — two more people have become sick after handling the salmonella-tainted kibble, bringing the total to 16 in nine states, federal officials reported. Five people have been hospitalized. No dogs have been sickened in this incident, only pet owners who bought pet food manufactured at a South Carolina plant owned by Diamond Pet Foods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …