FDA releases first results in 10-year study on food safety in restaurants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the middle of a 10-year-long study on food safety practices in the nation’s restaurants, including food preparation techniques and employee behaviors. Recently, the administration published results from its first year of data collection.

The study, which encompasses both fast food and sit-down restaurants, looks at how […]

Apparently, we wash our hands wrong 97% of the time

The process is simple. Water. Soap. Some soft scrubbing, while humming a 20-second-long “Happy Birthday” like many experts recommend. Follow it up by drying with a clean towel. You can do it right, but handwashing needs to be done at specific times to avoid the spread of bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety […]

Mom was wrong: Cold water OK for washing hands

Many things that come out of a typical mother’s mouth seem scientifically iffy even to a kid, such as: “Your face is going to freeze like that!”

But, typical moms do occasionally say things that seem scientifically valid even to all-grown-up kids, such as: “Use warm water to wash your hands!” Even kid brains seem […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Salmonella linked to dairy bull calves – Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Animal health officials are urging cattle farmers to take preventive measures against a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg linked […]

National Food Safety Education Month: Norovirus infographic

For more than 20 years, September has been recognized as National Food Safety Education Month. The theme for 2016 is Norovirus, which is highlighted in the below infographic. For more information on National Food Safety Education Month and Norovirus, click here.

As prepared meal options increase at supermarkets, so have food safety issues

From premade pizzas to taco bars and sushi counters, supermarkets are starting to look a lot more like takeout restaurants. Data shows, however, that as these prepared meal offerings have increased, so have new food safety issues that some chains are struggling to manage.

For example, one popular grocer who has been seen as a […]

Handwashing: Chances are you’re doing it wrong