Undeclared allergens top 2016 food recall list

The numbers are in and the total amount of food recalls in 2016 in the U.S. and Canada was 764 — a 22% increase compared to the previous year. Undeclared allergens once again topped the food recall list, attributing to more food recalls than any other form of contamination.

Based on notices issued by […]

Safety and grain quality tips for winter weather

If one thing is for sure this time of year, it’s that winter weather can be unpredictable. For example, one week recently temperatures in parts of the Midwest were in the 50s with rainy conditions for days. Then, the following week, the same areas experience subzero temperatures, piles of snow, and forceful winds.

This can […]

New peanut allergy prevention guidelines released

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have released new, formal guidelines for pediatricians, allergists and parents in an effort to decrease the prevalence of children with peanut allergies.

While it was once thought that infants and children should avoid peanuts altogether until the age of three, more recent studies have suggested the exact […]

Top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks of 2016

As one year ends and another begins, we have the opportunity to look back and reflect upon the year that was and all the memories we created. When it comes to food safety and outbreaks of foodborne illness, however, these are probably some memories we would rather forget altogether.

Nevertheless, compiled below are the top […]

Avocado seeds and the fight against Listeria

If there’s one thing we know about consumer preferences it’s that we want it all — food that tastes good while still being good for us, available at a low or reasonable cost, and of course easy to find, prepare and/or eat. For many, a major part of food that is deemed healthy are options […]

Hop growers raise their glass to the craft beer industry

Take a look at the taps lining the wall at your neighborhood tavern, or a stroll down the beer aisle at your local liquor store and your senses will most likely be overwhelmed. The thirst for craft beer has exploded in recent years bringing with it a seemingly endless amount of available beer choices.

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Could food allergies be linked to a common food additive?

A researcher from Michigan State University has discovered that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies.

Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Human Medicine, began studying the possible link between the synthetic food additive tert-butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, and food allergies nine years […]

Study: Some E. coli found to survive high cooking temperatures

With barbecue season in full swing, there may now be a reason to turn up the heat on your grill.

A group of researchers from the University of Alberta and China’s Huazhong Agricultural University found that cooking ground beef at the 160°F (71°C) temperature recommended by government officials in the U.S. and Canada, may not […]

FSIS releases mechanically tenderized beef labeling rule

Just in time for the summer grilling season, new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks went into effect earlier this week and aim to make meat prepared in this fashion safer for consumers to eat.

Under this rule, these products (about 6.2 billion servings annually) must bear labels that state that they […]

Painted olives, tainted sugar top INTERPOL list of fake food

More than 11,000 tons of fake food and more than one million liters of fake beverages were recently seized in operation Opson V, the largest-ever groups of seizures, which spanned across 57 countries in an INTERPOL-Europol coordinated initiative to protect public health and safety.

According to a report from the investigation, among the products confiscated […]