September 6, 2010 |
As the scope of the nationwide salmonella outbreak expanded late last month, farmers market vendors reported rushes on locally produced eggs and people with backyard flocks were sitting smug. But food safety experts say consumers shouldn't jump to the conclusion that locally produced eggs are any safer than eggs from large commercial suppliers. "Salmonella and chickens go together," says Casey Barton Behravesh, a veterinary epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of food-borne, water-borne and environmental disease.
August 4, 2011 |
It's easy to be the Monday-morning quarterback, but credit the Center for Science in the Public Interest for asking why federal regulators didn't warn consumers sooner about the possibility that turkey from a Cargill plant in Arkansas might be tainted with salmonella. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged Thursday that they may have had hints that the strain of salmonella that has caused one death and more than 20 hospitalizations was tied with the Arkansas plant.
March 8, 2011 |
Salmonella food poisoning sickens 40,000 Americans a year and there may be 30 times more cases that never get reported, according to the CDC. But some scientists think the nasty microbe could be turned to good purpose: to fight cancers. Sounds odd, but there's a rhyme and reason to such thinking, as described in a pretty interesting news article published in the journal Nature Medicine . (It's one of a number of news articles on cancer topics in the journal this month.) Related: Cancer screening tests you think you should get -- a PSA test and for women in their 40s, a mammogram -- that might do more harm than good.
May 3, 2011 |
Grape tomatoes found in a variety of salads at some western U.S. grocery stores may be contaminated with salmonella, the grower has warned. So check that chef salad, Cobb salad, orzo salad, seafood salad, Greek salad, mozzarella salad or chicken salad, among others, in the refrigerator. It may have been recalled. No illnesses have been reported, so there's little need to panic. But the recall of the tomatoes -- and thus, the salads -- highlights, once again, the number of products that can be affected by one instance (or possible instance)
June 27, 2011 |
Sprouts, again. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that consumers should avoid eating alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts from Evergreen Produce amid concerns that the vegetables are linked to a small salmonella outbreak in the U.S. Twenty cases of salmonella, including one hospitalization, might be linked to these sprouts in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington, the agency said. The alfalfa sprouts come in 4-ounce, 16-ounce (1-pound) and 5-pound plastic bags.
October 30, 2013 |
Everyone knows that squalor -- the kind most of the chickens people eat suffer before being slaughtered -- is a paradise for pathogens like salmonella. Disease microbes thrive in densely populated, dank, sunless places. To minimize the spread of infectious organisms among human and animal populations, sanitation, sunlight and the healing gift of space are necessary. These necessities are not present in the long, low buildings in which the majority of commercially raised chickens and turkeys sit in excrement while breathing toxic ammonia fumes from the manure that is everywhere in these buildings, from the machinery to the bedding to the birds.