How milk banks keep donated breast milk safe for babies, part 2

In the first part of this post, we reviewed what breast milk banks are and how they help provide infants with nourishment in many cases.

To keep infants safe, milk banks screen and test milk from donors before passing it along to the hospitals that administer the milk.

What can make donated breast milk unsafe?

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How milk banks keep donated breast milk safe for babies, part 1

Like the generous individuals who donate blood, bone marrow or organs, those who donate breast milk can improve the lives of those in need — in this case, premature babies and other newborns with health issues, like allergies or digestive problems, that might depend on donated breast milk.

In 2009, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, […]

Science: Gut bacteria may protect from Listeria

To food industry sanitation experts, there isn’t a term much scarier than “Listeria.” Especially lately, “Listeria monocytogenes.” Scores of recall notices hit the news on a regular basis.

The bacteria can cause severe illness in people who eat food contaminated with it, and causes great difficulties for food producers. It’s a hardy, adaptable organism that […]

Fridge vs. no fridge, part 2: Eggs

In yesterday’s blog post, we looked at why sometimes milk must be refrigerated, while other times, it can be stored at room temperature. Today, we’ll tackle the same question, but for eggs.

Like with milk, the general trend is that the U.S. refrigerates its eggs, while Europeans are happy to store them on the kitchen […]

Fridge vs. no fridge, part 1: Milk

You can tell a lot about somebody based on what they do with their milk when they get home from the supermarket.

It may seem like a strange detail, but in different countries, unopened milk either does or does not need to be kept cold. So if you know whether a person zips home from […]

Germany faces largest E. coli outbreak since 2011

Since December, Germany has been up against its largest E. coli O157 outbreak in years. At least 30 people have become sick, resulting in the loss of one life.

The culprit? It’s believed to be ground or minced meat being sold at multiple stores within the country.

“Based on the investigations to date, we suspect […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

Poisoned in paradise: Rat lungworm nightmare in Hawaii — Food Safety News Although state officials have downplayed the danger of rat lungworm parasites, the fact remains that Hawaii is in the […]

Science: Pets lead to healthier babies

For many families, adopting a pet provides learning opportunities for all ages. Young children learn about responsibility as they care for the animal, and about friendship and loyalty as they grow closer to their beloved pet. But now science shows that some of the benefits of pet ownership may not just be social; they may […]

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Animal Science:

Poultry Farm Sets up Lasers to Guard its Organic Hens from Bird Flu — The Poultry Site An organic egg farm in England has set up a novel method of protecting […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

Feeding residue milk: A no-go – All About Feed A recent investigation from the European Food Safety Authority showed that dairy calves that are fed milk from cows treated with antimicrobials […]