Evaluate your food safety habits this Food Safety Education Month

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To many people, September is the month kids go back to school, leaves begin to turn red, and orange and black take over grocery store displays despite Halloween still being two months away.

It’s also, believe it or not, Food Safety Education Month, a time for everyone to educate themselves […]

Mom was wrong: Cold water OK for washing hands

Many things that come out of a typical mother’s mouth seem scientifically iffy even to a kid, such as: “Your face is going to freeze like that!”

But, typical moms do occasionally say things that seem scientifically valid even to all-grown-up kids, such as: “Use warm water to wash your hands!” Even kid brains seem […]

Study: College students are lousy at hand washing

The next time you attend a college graduation, it might be a good idea to avoid the congratulatory firm handshake and go for the hug instead.

A recent study of college students at the University of Findlay in Ohio showed that more than half had large amounts of potentially infectious bacteria on their hands.

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Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Inside The Life Of An Apple Picker – National Public Radio It’s fall. Time to pick apples. For some of us, that’s casual recreation, a leisurely stroll through picturesque orchards. For tens […]

Tox Tuesday: Cotinine/Nicotine

Right off the bat, nicotine has a few strikes against it: it is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United States; 10 people die per minute due to tobacco use; and 90% of lung cancer cases in men (and 80% in women) are caused by smoking.

So why is this potentially […]

New studies point to why and how of food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise—and quickly. In recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy rates in children younger than 18 grew about 18% between 1997 and 2007. Many of these food allergies can be narrowed down to a few types of food (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, […]

Court: FDA need not review low-dose antibiotic use in animals

The votes are in from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York about the use of antibiotics in animals. In what is being called a “big blow to public health,” the 2–1 ruling says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not required to “hold hearings concerning the safety of […]

The problem with energy drinks

In this week’s Monday Links, we mentioned a safety warning that may be added to energy drinks. A new report from Food Safety News goes further in depth as to why consumers may need to be concerned about these caffeine-spiked beverages.

The level of caffeine within various brands ranges greatly—ranging anywhere from just a few […]

CDC findings focus on food safety in restaurants

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking aim at improving food safety in restaurants and delis, which are linked to more than half of foodborne illness outbreaks annually.

The CDC found several gaps in food worker knowledge as well as in public health surveillance, including food handling practices, hand washing, environmental […]

CDC believes some Texas Cyclospora cases associated with raw cilantro

Image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some cases in Texas of a parasite that sickened hundreds across 25 states may be linked to cilantro, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

As of the latest figures, 643 people in the U.S. have been sickened by […]