Keeping Thanksgiving happy

Every household has their own Thanksgiving traditions, but when it comes to the meal, the turkey is oftentimes the center of attention. While there are several ways to prepare your holiday bird, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a […]

Case demonstrates relationship between food allergies and asthma

Further evidence of the relationship between food allergies and asthma was demonstrated in a recent case in which a two-year-old girl from Pennsylvania nearly died after suffering an unusually severe allergic reaction after eating an orange.

According to a recent article in Live Science, after the toddler ingested the orange, she developed an allergic reaction […]

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Food Safety

Studies Find Reusable Produce Containers Often Contaminated – Food Safety News Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last […]

The truth behind towel washing

Cold and flu season has once again begun. During this time of the year it is important to keep ourselves and our homes as germ-free as possible in order to help our immune systems stay healthy. With this in mind, a recent article from the Huffington Post discusses one of the most overlooked carriers of […]

Allergen training in the food service industry

Several years ago before “allergy-friendly” menus and “gluten-free” options at restaurants were readily available, the food service industry had far fewer obstacles when it came to catering to customers’ dietary needs. However, as the number of individuals with food allergies and intolerances continue to increase worldwide, along with the number of those who dine out […]

Tox Tuesday: designer benzodiazepines

Commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal and seizure-prevention, benzodiazepines have assisted millions for more than 60 years. Marketed under well-known names including Xanax, Ativan and Valium, benzodiazepines or “benzos,” are referred to as “downers” as they work by depressing the central nervous system leading to feelings of relaxation, calmness, or sedation.

Because […]

Monday links

Catch up on the latest news and information in the food safety, animal science and agriculture industries with Monday links!

Food Safety

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018? – Food Safety News Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until […]

Don’t let your food safety practices drop with your tailgate

Dating back more than 140 years, the tradition known as the tailgate is practiced by approximately 50 million people in the U.S. each year and has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Although cooler weather is in the forecast for this weekend’s college and professional football games, that will not stop fans everywhere from coming […]

The role of histamine in the human body

Many are familiar with the word histamine, in the sense of antihistamine drugs that are taken by millions of allergy suffers around the world. In a very general sense these drugs work by blocking the compound known as histamine that our bodies produce during an allergic reaction. This in turn controls common symptoms such as […]

Heavy fall snowfall causing concern in northern U.S. corn harvest

Farmers in the Midwest are already dealing with the first snowfall of the season which is causing concern in some states including South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and upper Michigan where the corn crop still remains to be fully harvested.

According to a recent report from the Associated Press (AP), 11 inches of snow has already […]