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.
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.
November 9, 2012 |
Nestle USA issued a voluntary recall of its Nesquik chocolate powder after being tipped off by an ingredient supplier of possible salmonella contamination. The Glendale-based company said it was calling back canisters of the product, which is mixed with milk to create a sweet drink, that were made in October and sold nationwide. Consumers should look for containers bearing an expiration date of October 2014. Nestle USA decided to recall the powder after supplier Omya Inc. issued its own recall of calcium carbonate, a Nesquik ingredient, amid concerns that salmonella was present in some batches.
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.
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.
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)