Raw water a raw, dangerous deal

We’ve written before about the dangers of raw meat, raw milk and raw eggs, but never did we suspect that raw water would ever come up.

Raw water is the latest “health” trend. In short, it’s unfiltered water packaged and resold at the store — and from one company, it sells for around $61 USD […]

Food safety resource: Food Safety Matters podcast

Foodborne allergen concerns aren’t going away any time soon, but sometimes things change — like scientific knowledge or allergen-related regulations — and finding new information can become difficult. Fortunately, there are great resources out there for updates on the state of the industry.

For example, Food Safety Magazine produces its own podcast, Food Safety Matters […]

Grain elevator bottlenecks and mycotoxin testing

Each harvest season, grain elevators experience a race to the finish line. High volumes of trucks arrive to be weighed, grains are tested for mycotoxins, and the elevator transfers the tested grain into silos. Throughout this race, elevators can be slowed by all kinds of bottlenecks.

On average, a grain elevator can handle 10,000 bushels […]

Holiday myths debunked

Some holiday myths and legends are fun: sugarplum fairies, North Pole elves and flying reindeer. Others are simply misleading science. Here, we’ll clear up some misconceptions.

Myth 1: Alcohol can kill all the germs in my homemade eggnog

Let’s start from the beginning. Eggnog is made with eggs. Raw or unclean eggs are a big […]

Listeria in Polish salmon likely from environmental contamination

A listeriosis outbreak from contaminated salmon earlier this year has been identified as a probable case of environmental contamination, according to experts.

The implicated salmon was processed in Poland and sold primarily in Denmark, and Listeria monocytogenes from the same isolate as the Danish outbreak was later found at a French retailer. Genetically linked isolates […]

Before your holiday vacation, remember to clean the office fridge

Of course you clean your fridge — who doesn’t? You regularly wipe down surfaces and throw out old food. But what about the office fridge?

It’s easy to neglect the office fridge. It doesn’t really belong to anybody, so who should be responsible for cleaning it? But the office fridge is just as likely to […]

Blockchain: Cryptocurrency’s tech could optimize food safety in a globalized food chain

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that has seen an exponential soar in price over the last 30 days, pushing its underlying technology further into the mainstream. The technology, which supports Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like it, is called blockchain, and it could revolutionize food chain traceability in the coming years.

According to The Economist, “(Blockchain) in […]

‘Practical Applications of a One-Hour Listeria Test’ at Food Safety and Microbiology Conference

The conference will feature a variety of sessions on tools, resources and solutions for manufacturing safe food and meeting regulations while still running a profitable business.

Educational sessions will include:

Environmental monitoring Advanced sanitation strategies Finding microbial niches in your facility Tips on setting up a world-class food safety culture And much more

The conference […]

How your Christmas ham makes it from the farm to your table

The Christmas ham is a tradition that stretches back centuries — in fact, enjoying a ham dinner on wintry special occasions has been popular in Europe before Christmas was even celebrated there. And while any cook — from the pro to the at-home kitchen wizard — needs to keep food safety in mind while cooking […]

Science: Campylobacter uses other microorganisms as a Trojan Horse to spread infection

Photo by Lassi Kurkijärvi | CC BY-NC 2.0

The Trojan Horse is a classic legend. Warring against the city of Troy, the ancient Greeks feigned surrender, leaving a peace offering of a giant wooden horse at the city gates. A force of soldiers was hiding inside the horse, and at night they slipped out […]