Study finds new data on E. coli shedding in dairy cattle

A collaborative Michigan State University study involving microbiologists, epidemiologists, animal scientists, veterinarians, graduate students, undergraduates and farmers could lead to better prevention practices to limit dangerous Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria transmissions.

Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the study found that dairy cattle under stress from […]

Interactive graphics show the origins of our food crops

For the first time, a new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply and has found that more than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often very far away. According to the study, this trend that has accelerated over the past 50 years, […]

Listeria monocytogenes poses unique challenges to food industry

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) in the fresh produce industry has made headlines once again, this time with suspected contamination of bagged salad.

While the food industry has controls in place to combat L. monocytogenes just as they do for other foodborne pathogens, outbreaks occur. A recent article looks into the disease transmission […]

Some pizza box chemicals no longer considered safe by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week its plan to publish a final rule that will ban three chemicals used in many pizza boxes and other food packaging.

Known as perfluoroalkyl ethyl types, these chemicals are used in food contact substances and act as oil and water repellents for paper and paperboard. […]

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USDA offers advice for holiday food safety – FOX While Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The USDA is encouraging people to keep their holiday season […]

Aflatoxins threaten Africa’s food supply

Africa faces several food supply issues caused by various events from drought to flooding to conflict and more. One of the most constant threats to the continent’s food supply, however, are foodborne toxins known as aflatoxins.

As discussed in a recent article, aflatoxins are produced by fungus that grows on crops such as corn and […]

Americans spent $4.5 billion on pet healthcare products in 2013

New data released by the Animal Health Institute (AHI) estimates that Americans spent $7.5 billion on medicines for pets and livestock in 2013 — a figure essentially unchanged from 2012, not just adjusted for inflation.

According to the AHI news release, 60% of all known diseases are those that can pass between animals and humans, […]

Rats: If we can’t beat them, eat them?

Over the millennia that we have been fighting rats, researchers have provided nearly endless solid scientific rationale for us wanting to hit any we see with a baseball bat about 17 times.

They spread disease, eat our food, contaminate our food and homes, bite us, and are generally unlikable.

The BBC reports that there are […]

Save the environment through your refrigerator

As your mother has probably told you: eat your fruits and vegetables.

As the nutrition experts have told you: keep a divided plate, eating so many servings of not only fruits and veggies, but proteins, carbohydrates and more.

But maybe it isn’t just your health that everyone has been keeping in mind—but also the environment’s.

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What does the acidifying ocean mean for you?

This week, the U.S. Department of State has been hosting an “Our Ocean” conference to talk about the state of the oceans around the world. The prognosis isn’t very good.

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