How to use your pizza pouch the food safety way

The pizza pouch: just one of many gag gifts to go viral on the Internet.

These clear, plastic, zip-locked triangular pouches hung from lanyards are worn around the neck and are the perfect size to carry a single slice of pizza. Whether as a fashion statement or to provide a tasty snack on-the-go, the idea […]

Science: Campylobacter uses other microorganisms as a Trojan Horse to spread infection

Photo by Lassi Kurkijärvi | CC BY-NC 2.0

The Trojan Horse is a classic legend. Warring against the city of Troy, the ancient Greeks feigned surrender, leaving a peace offering of a giant wooden horse at the city gates. A force of soldiers was hiding inside the horse, and at night they slipped out […]

Holiday season brings increased risk of food poisoning

It’s time for the holidays, and you know what that means — an increase in outbreaks of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridium perfringens!

Okay, maybe you didn’t know that. Well, so that you do know, C. perfringens is a strain of bacteria associated with cooked foods left out at room temperature. According to the U.S. Centers […]

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 […]

Putting the “no” in norovirus

Illustration by Alissa Eckert, courtesy the CDC

Quick, imagine your ideal date. Is it followed by nausea and vomiting? What about cramps, a fever or diarrhea? We’re going to guess, “no.”

Unfortunately, sometimes dinner leads to foodborne illness, particularly from the prolific norovirus, which causes around 50% of all food poisoning cases.

The virus […]

Salmonella food poisoning linked to DNA damage

To put it lightly, food poisoning from Salmonella is an uncomfortable experience. After a few days, however, most people regain their strength and recover fully. At least that’s how it used to be. Now, food scientists at Cornell University have discovered that some Salmonella serotypes — variations of the bacterial species — can have a […]

Ever had food poisoning? You could be more susceptible to Crohn’s disease

Those who have experienced moderate food poisoning know that while its symptoms can be intense, they typically dissipate after a few days. However, new research is showing that people who retain a particular bacterium in their gut after a bout of food poisoning, may be at an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease later in […]

Scientists discover new types of Salmonella in Africa

Salmonella

The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that there are in fact three separate types of the bacteria. The study also showed the African types have developed resistance to many […]

Tox Tuesday: Dirty money

In a recent study that analyzed the genetic material on $1 bills, scientists found several reasons why you shouldn’t put your money where your mouth is. Most of those reasons center on the dangerous bacteria and drug residue that is present on a high majority of bills circulating around the world today.

“It was quite […]

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.

Animal Science

Infographic: Sunburn and Horses – The Horse Sun damage is a serious problem for some horses. It causes severe, painful blistering around sensitive areas, such as the eyes, muzzle, and […]