February 16, 2012 Toddler formula and other organic rice products have surprisingly high amounts of arsenic, according to a new study. But since there's no federal standard for arsenic in food, it's impossible to say how much is OK.
February 8, 2012 More than one million eggs have been recalled since late January for possible contamination with listeria. Deli foods like cold cuts and hard-boiled eggs are often kept for weeks before they are used in the refrigerator, where listeria can grow like wildfire.
January 27, 2012 Sprouts have caused a spate of outbreaks in the past few years, and public health officials are scrambling to find a way to prevent them. But there's no foolproof solution at hand. So some restaurants are saying no to fresh sprouts.
January 26, 2012 Salmonella contamination in organic celery seed caused headaches — and an FDA recall — for one entrepreneur. Her tale is a reminder that organic certification doesn't measure food safety; it's only about how a food was grown.
January 13, 2012 Killing and cooking wild deer for a high school class project turned bad when 29 teenagers fell ill with E. coli. Cooking the meat as kabobs may have spread the bugs. And teenage food safety habits didn't help.
January 12, 2012 X-rayed food, radioactive food, irradiated food: They sound alike, and more than a little scary. But they're very different. And we talked to the experts to find out if there's any reason to fear.
January 11, 2012 Food producers rely on private auditors, not the FDA, to make sure they are following food safety rules. But the auditor of the Colorado melon farm that was the source of last year's fatal outbreak not only gave the farm a rave review, he also recommended changes that may have caused the problems.
January 11, 2012 Low levels of a fungicide called carbendazim have been found in orange juice products that contained juice imported from Brazil. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is detaining orange juice imports from all countries to check for the chemical.
January 10, 2012 Metal detectors just don't cut it when it comes to keeping shards of bone or plastic and other nasty stuff out of food. Enter the X-ray. Costco and other big retailers now require food processors to X-ray food to screen for foreign objects. The process is more automated than airport baggage screening.
December 23, 2011 Back in the 1970s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grew increasingly concerned about the casual use of antibiotics in livestock production. Now, in the quiet days before Christmas, the agency quietly withdrew a proposal to regulate the industry's use of the drugs.
December 9, 2011 When people get sick from eating raw cookie dough, raw eggs are usually to blame. But a 2009 outbreak of E. coli that sickened people who ate ready-to-bake Nestle Toll House cookie dough may have been caused by a surprising culprit: the flour.
December 1, 2011 A group of scientists at the National Research Council says in a new report that the government should routinely release data that it collects in meat-packing plants.
November 29, 2011 A young designer has invented a sticker for fresh produce that turns into soap and removes wax, pesticides, and dirt. While food safety experts say the product could help reduce waste, it may not clean produce any better than water.
November 19, 2011 Preparing for a Thanksgiving feasts brings a host of extra domestic tasks. Here's one you might not think about until you go to cook your turkey: how important is it to clean the oven?