November 10, 2011 Twenty percent of people say they often use a food thermometer — but they're probably lying. Used right, a thermometer is the best tool to make sure that food has been cooked long enough to be safe.
November 7, 2011 An outbreak of botulism linked to organic Italian olives makes it clear that even food that sounds pristine can harbor deadly pathogens. Organic foods may be more vulnerable to some pathogens because of the way they are grown. Food processors fight botulism with heat, salt, and acid.
November 3, 2011 The new U.S. food safety law will require foreign growers and manufacturers to prove their products are safe before they're shipped to the United States. Food and Drug Administration officials went to China to explain what that country's problem-plagued food system will have to do to measure up.
October 28, 2011 The E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 4,300 people in May and June had epidemiologists scrambling to find the contaminated vegetables that caused it. What made it difficult, they say in a new paper, is that people had trouble remembering what exactly was in the salads they ate. In this case, the culprit turned out to be fenugreek seeds, but it was a long road to get there.
September 30, 2011 The president of the University of New Hampshire put the kibosh on a planned ban of energy drinks on campus after concluding those offered contained about the same amount of caffeine as other beverages, including coffee.
September 30, 2011 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says changes to the school nutrition rule are underway, including more clarity on the recommendation to reduce kids' potato and starchy vegetable consumption. He also says rural America needs a 'thank you.'
September 22, 2011 Cantaloupe has been implicated in two multistate outbreaks of food-borne illness this year. Eight people have died in the latest outbreak; illnesses are expected to climb, CDC says, because listeria can live in the gut for up to two months before a person gets sick.
September 20, 2011 Tests show cantaloupes from Jensen Farms carried bacteria linked to an outbreak of listeriosis that has sickened 35 people. The germs were also found found on packing equipment. Last week the company recalled the affected melons.
September 13, 2011 Meat processors warn the move will cause consumers to pay more for meat, but some large companies like Costco already require suppliers to prove their products are free from several strains of E. coli banned by the new rule.
September 12, 2011 Fewer people in the U.S. are as worried about food safety now as they were a year ago, according to the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters health poll. Those with the lowest incomes reported the most concern about the safety of the food they eat.
September 12, 2011 A food safety expert says there are a few possible explanations for a new recall of ground turkey involving the same plant and the same strain of drug resistant bacteria that led to a massive recall in August.
August 13, 2011 The first annual Can-It-Forward Day takes place in Seattle on Saturday. The recent surge in interest in home food preservation inspired us to chat with an expert on how to do it safely.
August 12, 2011 More people are getting sick from recent outbreaks of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella found in ground turkey, and E. coli found in strawberries. But there's probably not a quick fix for the food safety system in sight.
August 10, 2011 Bacteria resistant to antibiotics used in meat production can make their way to humans through the meat itself and the environment — like waterways contaminated with runoff. But one study found that there were fewer of these bacteria on organic farms.