CDC reminds public not to wash raw chicken; some consumers still doubtful

Health agencies have shared the message again and again: Washing raw meat just causes the bacteria to splash around your sink, your hands and your clothes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted a reminder about this fact recently: “Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to […]

CDC says foodborne illness rising: What does that really mean?

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its findings for last year’s foodborne illness rates: reports of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Cyclospora infections were up.

Hold up, though. Are more people getting sick? Not necessarily.

The CDC recently published research suggesting that the increase may be due to better testing […]

New technology tracks Listeria through DNA sequencing

Genetic epidemiology is changing the detection of foodborne illnesses, according to a new study performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in which researchers have sequenced the DNA of every Listeria sample tied to an illness in the United States—about 800 per year.

The new detection method can identify gaps in […]

Bird flu outbreak grows; worst case yet reported in Iowa

Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, is not only the latest to announce the finding of a strain of bird flu in an egg-laying facility within the state, but also has been deemed the worst case seen thus far in the national outbreak now covering 12 states and dating back to the beginning of the […]