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 […]

Salmonella outbreak highlights backyard chicken concerns

Chickens aren’t just for the farm anymore. More and more city and suburban residents are building coops and raising flocks in their own backyards. But as poultry and humans increasingly share their living spaces, health problems can arise.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that multiple ongoing outbreaks […]

Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

Don’t be an Easter party pooper

Nobody likes to be sick on a holiday.

Whether you celebrate Easter or just like making your food colorful, it’s important to make sure any Easter eggs you decorate this season are done so in a way that won’t cause you to get sick.

When we incorporate eggs into decorations and activities like egg hunts, […]

Monday Links

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How some chickens got striped feathers – Science Daily Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage color and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? Researchers now report that two […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

“Health risk’” warning over fall in food safety checks – BBC Food hygiene inspections in the U.K. have fallen by 15% since 2003, research shows — with experts warning of risks […]

Bird flu outbreak grows; worst case yet reported in Iowa

Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, is not only the latest to announce the finding of a strain of bird flu in an egg-laying facility within the state, but also has been deemed the worst case seen thus far in the national outbreak now covering 12 states and dating back to the beginning of the […]

Today’s chickens are not your grandpa’s chickens

According to a recent study, chickens today are four times larger than they were 60 years ago but contrary to popular belief, it’s not steroids, hormones or artificial enlargers that are not to blame. Instead, it’s our eating habits that have resulted in the breeding of larger birds.

Published in the Journal Poultry Science and […]

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After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance – Fox News

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths […]

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WTO Panel Seen Ruling on Canada-U.S. Meat Label Dispute in June – Wall Street Journal

Canada should find out in June if it’s been successful in a long-running dispute […]