June 11, 2013 The mechanical process the meat industry uses to tenderize tough muscle fibers can also introduce dangerous pathogens into beef cuts. The thinking behind the proposed new labels: If you know your cut of meat has been mechanically tenderized, you'll be inclined to cook it a little longer.
Frozen berries have been implicated in a hepatitis A outbreak.
June 5, 2013 Consumers don't have good tools for getting the hepatitis A out of frozen berries, aside from cooking them. Good hygiene by pickers and processors remains the best protection.
A woman wearing a mask rides past a KFC restaurant in Shanghai last month. Food scares and the bird flu haven't stopped many chicken lovers in the city from visiting KFC and other restaurants.
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May 8, 2013 A month after dead pigs washed ashore in a Shanghai river, the city got an even more serious meat problem: A new bird flu appeared at poultry markets. But even a recent rat meat scandal hasn't kept Shanghai's omnivores from enjoying KFC and Kung Pao Chicken.
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Salmonella and other pathogens can be in pet food, not just people food.
April 15, 2013 When a food-safety student found out her dog's food was being recalled for possible contamination with salmonella, she learned a few things about how germs travel between critters and their humans.
The process that turns this beer crystal clear also may impart trace amounts of arsenic.
April 9, 2013 Arsenic in beer doesn't sound like a good idea, even if it's due to a centuries-old filtering process. A new study says filtering beer with diatomaceous earth could boost levels of arsenic. But it's not clear whether this poses a health risk.
The NPR Science Desk freezer: now we know we can't presume it's germ-free.
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April 5, 2013 An outbreak of E. coli in frozen pizza, cheesesteaks, and other foods makes it clear: Just because the freezer's frosty doesn't mean it can kill microbes that cause food-borne illness.
You call it salad. The bacteria call it home.
March 28, 2013 Salad is not just a food; it's home to a flourishing community of mostly benign microbes. A new inventory finds surprising differences in the bacteria growing on popular fruits and vegetables.
Spices are common targets for food fraudsters.
March 26, 2013 Spices colored with carcinogens? Milk that "never saw a cow"? A free global database opens the door on the many ways that people adulterate or fake food.
The great horse meat scandal infographic.
via The Australian Institute of Food Safety
February 28, 2013 The horse meat scandal might be playing out in Europe, but China is the biggest producer in the global market for horseflesh, a new infographic reveals.
A new outpost for The Cheesecake Factory in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
February 27, 2013 The restaurant chain hopes a new system for analyzing big data sets will help it spot patterns of complaints across its more than 170 outlets in a matter of hours, not weeks. The goal: to spot problems small and big (soggy pickles? foodborne illness?) before they balloon.
A traditional steak tartare with egg, onion and capers.
January 29, 2013 Is eating raw meat worth risking diarrhea or worse? A recent Salmonella outbreak makes us wonder about the trend toward consuming beef that's undercooked or not cooked at all.
Farmworkers like these in California picking produce may soon be required by the FDA to take more precautions against spreading foodborne illness.
January 4, 2013 Two years after a food safety bill became law, the FDA issues a rule to prevent foodborne illness in produce and one to require food manufacturers to have plans in place to prevent contamination.
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Now we know why we'll never see a common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) sitting on a beet.
December 6, 2012 Although we can usually smell when food goes bad, humans just don't have the fruit fly's direct path from nose to brain that alerts it to food poison. But the detection of this pathway could someday lead to more research that could help us develop better bug repellants.
October 30, 2012 The hand can opener is a storm cook's best friend. Sterno cans, gas grills and portable stoves can be, too, say our readers.
People try to get through the aisles at Whole Foods Market in Midtown in New York on Sunday before the storm.
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October 29, 2012 Storms like Sandy send many of us responsible for feeding the family running to the grocery store in a panic, and then throwing out a lot of food. Here are some tips to minimize both of those things. What are yours?
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