E. coli outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese

French food safety investigators have formed a clear link between an E. coli outbreak earlier this year, which affected at least 15 children, and cheese made from unpasteurized milk.

According to Food Safety News, 15 children between the ages of one and five were infected after eating the cheese. Of those, 12 were found to […]

Your kitchen towel might be chock full of bacteria

The very tool you use to keep your environment clean might just be stabbing you in the back, in terms of sanitation.

The towel you rely on to wipe up spills, clean up countertops and dry your dishes may, in fact, just be spreading germs around, depending on a few key factors. A new study […]

Water troughs identified as E. coli sites on cattle farms

In any facility where animals are raised, especially for food production, a considerable amount of effort goes into completing one of many goals: preventing E. coli from getting anywhere it’s not supposed to be.

To a certain degree, E. coli is inevitable; it naturally exists harmlessly in the intestines of people and animals. The problem […]

Romaine lettuce investigated in E. coli outbreak

You may be seeing romaine lettuce in the news a lot lately, the suspected culprit in a foodborne illness outbreak that has affected at least 57 people in the U.S. and Canada. But despite the headlines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s too soon to pinpoint a single cause.

Even […]

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 […]

Foodborne illness: Common causes, signs and symptoms

When you are experiencing the extreme unpleasantness of foodborne illness, it may be difficult to discern the subtle differences between the signs and symptoms of the various causes of the illness.

But, the various causes of foodborne illness have drastically different short- and long-term health implications, from illnesses with relatively short durations and mild symptoms, […]

Your nasty, disgusting, no good kitchen sponge

Have you made a few extremely unpleasant trips to the bathroom recently, all the while doing something like cursing your weird Uncle Dan’s ill-advised first attempt at steak tartare?

Well, it’s probably never a good idea to trust a weird uncle’s first attempt at a raw meat recipe, but there is something in most of […]

Keep your love alive and the foodborne pathogens dead!

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love that for many involves cooking a special meal or venturing out for a romantic dinner. Treating your loved one to oysters, for example, has long been associated with romance and they are often found on restaurant menus this time of year.

However, before you indulge, it’s important to […]

E. coli O26 increasingly identified in food recalls

E. coli

When it comes to E. coli, most people are familiar with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7, also known as simply, E. coli O157:H7. This strain of E. coli has most commonly shown up in food recalls and is known for its severe consequences once contracted through contaminated food or water.

Recently, […]

A bad apple a day won’t keep the doctor away

Although it may seem like fall could be actually be called pumpkin spice season, this time of year is also known for apple harvest and when apple cider pops up in grocery stores and farmers markets.

While delicious, both apples and unpasteurized apple cider can cause food safety concerns if not processed correctly. For example, […]