A farmer holds cucumbers in a field in Malaga, Spain. Cucumbers from Spain have been eyed as the source of a disease outbreak in Germany.
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May 31, 2011 Blame for the outbreak has been pinned on produce from Spain, a charge the country denies. Hundreds of people in Germany have fallen sick from a virulent strain of E. coli that can cause severe kidney damage.
May 5, 2011 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been recommending for years that pregnant women, older people and people with weak immune systems heat cold cuts to at least 165 degrees before eating them.
May 5, 2011 There's never a break in food recalls, even as FDA issues two new food safety rules. Suppliers just expanded recalls on grape tomatoes at major supermarkets and in ready-to-eat salads suspected of salmonella contamination.
Pork is sold in a market in Beijing.
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April 29, 2011 Clenbuterol, a steroid sometimes taken by athletes to burn fat and grow muscle, has sickened hundreds of Chinese consumers in recent months after they ate pork meat contaminated with it. Many are still angry about the 2008 melamine milk scandal.
About half of meat and poultry samples nationwide had evidence of S. aureus contamination, a study found.
April 15, 2011 A survey of meat and poultry sold in supermarkets across the country found widespread contamination with Staphylococcus aureus contamination — the cause of most staph infections in people. A quarter of the samples were tainted with bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
Workers move packages of meat at the South Gate Meat Company last June, when the Southern California meat distributor recalled 35,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible bacterial contamination.
April 5, 2011 The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants processors and packers to hold on to meat until lab results come back clean for bacterial contamination. The change in testing could help keep unsafe meat off the market.
March 31, 2011 Consumer groups had sought a ban on artificial food dyes, saying there are clear links between dyes and children's behavior. An FDA advisory panel didn't agree, but called for more research.
Cows that consume feed, grass or water contaminated with radioactive iodine-131 can concentrate the element in their milk.
March 31, 2011 The FDA found a small amount of radioactive iodine in milk from Spokane, Wash., but experts and officials agree that the amount is far from dangerous. If anything, the news is just evidence that U.S. detection equipment is pretty darn sensitive, one expert says.
Eggs were at the center of a big salmonella outbreak in 2010 that brought more attention to food safety.
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February 24, 2011 New powers for the Food and Drug Administration and tamer estimates of foodborne illnesses in this country are not reasons to let our guard down on food safety.
Does membership have its privileges when it comes to food safety?
February 4, 2011 Two customers sued Safeway this week for failing to use data from their shopper loyalty cards to alert them about peanut butter and egg recalls. The suit raises questions about how those shopper cards are used to protect consumers.
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