Category food safety

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Vanity: Raw egg face masks and risks

Ireland has an egg and a BS problem. Miranda Larbi of The Irish Sun reports that experts have slammed beauty bloggers who claim that they have the answer to treating wrinkles –  smearing raw egg whites onto their faces. The … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog 4 sick: Outbreak of listeria infections linked to pork products

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to pork products produced … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Multiple modes of transmission during a Thanksgiving Day Norovirus outbreak, 2017

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports on November 28, 2017, the manager of restaurant A in Tennessee reported receiving 18 complaints from patrons with gastrointestinal illness who had dined there on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. Tennessee Department of … Continue reading Read More

Bigger buffers between leafy greens and CAFOs ready for new growing season

The leafy green growing season around Yuma, AZ is about to get underway and there will be one difference from last year. This year, the buffer zone between concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, will be tripled, from 400 feet last growing season to 1,200 feet this year. The greater buffer zones were adopted... Continue Reading Read More

Smartphones, tablets, other PEDs bringing bacteria into the kitchen

Smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices, known as PEDs, in the past decade have increasingly been found in the kitchen. The only trouble is cell phones are well known for harboring bacteria, including “opportunistic human pathogens.” That raises a question because research on pathogen contamination on smartphones in “nonclinical’ settings, including those involving food... Continue Reading Read More

Don’t let lunch become a sickening experience this school year

Back-to-school season is upon us and there are simple tips and tricks that can help parents and kids alike pack pathogen-free lunches. Number one list? Handwashing It’s the first step in avoiding foodborne illnesses. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, a recent study by the USDA found that 97 percent of the times study participants should... Continue Reading Read More

Is the edible marijuana industry doomed to become a pot full o’ pathogens?

Opinion It seems like edible cannabis is available everywhere these days. Dispensaries are popping up around the country, and people can easily purchase edible marijuana online, including on popular e-retail sites like Etsy and Amazon. It’s available in a variety of forms, including capsules, lollipops, gummy bears, cookies, chocolate bars and brownies. All you have to do... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Bill’s List – What Pregnant Women Should Not Eat or Drink

I just learned one of my friends is pregnant,  It made me think about food safety during pregnancy and I thought I would share my thoughts. Raw/undercooked meat Meat needs to be cooked to 160 degrees to kill bacteria that could cause coli or Salmonella Imported soft cheeses Imported soft cheeses such as brie, camembert,... Continue Reading Read More

The best of times for shellfish harvest, the worst of times for shellfish harvest

It’s time to grab a sun hat and shovel, or rake, and head to the beach to dig for clams or gather oysters. What could be a better summer outing? But time is of the essence. This season’s last chance for minus low tides, which are the best times to dig for shellfish or gather... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Everyone’s got a camera: Fake food poisoning Gangnam Style

Dancing Gangnam Style by the side of a swimming pool in Cyprus, Liam Royle appears full of life. Yet according to him, he was suffering from food poisoning he had developed while on his holiday – experiencing stomach cramps, diarrhea … Continue reading Read More