Foodborne illness on the rise: What’s really going on

Chances are you or someone you know has gotten food poisoning this year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness impacts one in six people in the U.S. every year. That’s 48 million people.

And with reports increasing of foodborne illness and outbreaks, it’s worth examining the “hows” and […]

Report: Chicken responsible for greatest percentage of foodborne illness outbreaks

With more than 100,000 Americans sickened by foodborne illnesses between 2009 and 2015, you’d think there would be one food that was most often implicated in outbreaks, right?

Well, you’d be correct. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report containing many of the facts and figures of this six-year-span.

Chicken […]

CDC apologizes for ruining muffins with tick awareness message

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a social media splash recently with a tweet that went viral.

“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed,” tweeted the agency, alongside two close-up photos of a poppy seed muffin. “Can you spot all five ticks in this photo?”

Suddenly, the muffin didn’t […]

Evaluate your food safety habits this Food Safety Education Month

Image courtesy the CDC

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 […]

Heading to the fair? Read this first

It’s all fun and game until someone gets food poisoning.

A big part of summer for many people is attending fairs, festivals and rodeos. There are always fun things to see and experience, including art work, music, games, rides and more. Recently, one of the biggest draws to these events is unique types of foods […]

Report: Deadly hospital-acquired infections still a major problem in the U.S.

Drug-resistant superbugs and other infectious bacteria, including Clostridium difficile, are still very much an issue for one-third of U.S. hospitals — including many flagship teaching hospitals. This data was released in a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week and comes after several years of warnings, federal fines and […]

Is this the end of malaria?

While some experts are debating how and if the world could go mosquito-free, other scientists are working to eradicate one of the major problems of the insect: malaria.

Malaria is a dangerous, easily transmittable disease known to be carried by mosquitoes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 207 million people […]

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 […]

Safety matters: Vegetables

Myth: Foodborne pathogens are only of concern when dealing with raw meat products.

Fact: Foodborne pathogens are of concern with any raw product, including vegetables. These are all pathogens we know, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes … the list goes on and on. These foods are healthy, and we’re encouraged to eat a lot […]