Salmonella outbreaks increase in raw turkey; E. coli a threat to romaine lettuce

With Thanksgiving just around the corner in the U.S., consumers should be aware of the recent influx of Salmonella cases linked to raw turkey products.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 74 cases of salmonellosis (an infection with Salmonella) have been reported since the last update on July 19, 2018. […]

Thanksgiving: why you may not want to stuff your turkey this year

Did you know stuffing ingredients may differ depending on where you are? If you’re Canadian or live in the northernmost U.S. states, you may use bread crumbs or rice. Southern regions sometimes use cornbread, and eastern coastal areas often use oysters.

Regardless of the recipe you use, the great thing about stuffing is that it’s […]

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Genomic analysis highlights history of domesticated corn – UPI Scientists recently sequenced the genome of one of the oldest corn cobs in the world. Analysis of the newly sequenced 5,310-year-old corn […]

A brief history of the poinsettia

Poinsettias are a staple this time of year as a popular holiday decoration and can be found around the world in houses, office buildings and hotels from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. However, this wasn’t always the story of the poinsettia as it took years of research to develop the plant into what it is […]

How much do you really know about turkeys?

gobble, gobble!

Everyone knows that the holiday officially known as Thanksgiving could really be called Turkey Day, but how well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version, and the one likely to be on your plate, was derived?

A recent article explains 14 fun facts about turkeys:


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Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce – Food Safety News Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the […]

Bird flu-driven price hikes may make turkey shoppers sick

As shoppers begin to flock to grocery stores to buy their Thanksgiving Day turkeys, they may be irritatingly reminded of the fundamental concept in economics involving supply and demand.

Because of a lower supply of turkeys due to this past spring’s bird flu outbreak, shoppers will likely be paying more to meet the demand for […]

Mother Nature punks pumpkin supply

With Halloween just days away, crowds are flocking to farms around the nation to pick out their own pumpkins or soon to be jack-o’-lanterns. But this year, challenging weather conditions have cut the supply of pumpkins — not only for recreational carving but for the canned pumpkin puree market as well.

As explained in a […]

Keeping Thanksgiving happy

Every household has their own Thanksgiving traditions, but when it comes to the meal, the turkey is oftentimes the center of attention. While there are several ways to prepare your holiday bird, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a […]

Food safety 101: Thanksgiving edition

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk turkey.

And stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce – no matter what your favorite Thanksgiving treat, they all have one thing in common: the need for food safety. Pulling together such a giant meal takes a ton of work. However, keeping food safety in mind can prevent all […]