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Health Tip: Avoid Food Poisoning at Work

Posted 16 days ago by

-- If you brown-bag your lunch at work, remember to store it safely to avoid food poisoning. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Store food in the refrigerator as soon as you get to work. Perishable foods can spoil after about two hours. If a refrigerator isn't available, use an insulated lunch bag with a cold pack. When ordering lunch or bringing takeout back to the office, don't let it sit around. Either eat right away, or promptly store it in the refrigerator. If you're sharing food with others, ask how long perishable items have been left out. If they've been out longer than two hours, suggest that these foods be thrown out. Read more

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Clearing Land Around Farms Doesn't Improve Food Safety

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – Clearing areas of natural habitat around farm fields doesn't improve food safety, a new study shows. The practice began after a 2006 E. coli outbreak was traced back to packaged spinach from a California farm. That outbreak killed three people and sickened hundreds of others in the United States, researchers said. The source of the E. coli that caused the outbreak was never officially determined. "Wildlife took much of the blame for that outbreak, even though rates of E. coli in wildlife are generally very low," study author Daniel Karp, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a university news release. "Now, growers are pressured by buyers to implement practices meant to discourage wildlife from approaching fields of produce. This includes clearing ... Read more

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Extreme Weather May Raise Risk of Salmonella Infection, Study Says

Posted 10 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 – Extreme heat and rainfall are associated with rising rates of salmonella infections, a new study says. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health suggest the risk for these infections is likely to grow as climate change increases the number of extreme weather events. They said coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to these food-borne bacterial infections. "We found that extremely hot days and periods of extreme rainfall are contributing to salmonella infections in Maryland, with the most dramatic impacts being seen in the coastal communities," Amir Sapkota, an associate professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, said in a university news release. "As we prepare for the future, we need to take this differential burden into account." Salmonella is a group of food- and waterborne bacteria. The germ is ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pack Food and Water for Camping

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by

-- There's often no getting around packing food and water for a camping trip. But make sure you pack the right stuff properly to help prevent food-borne illness. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Store food in waterproof, tightly-sealed containers, and store inside an insulated cooler. Frequently wash cooking surfaces and hands with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available. Separate foods that are cooked or raw. Thoroughly cook any food to its recommended temperature. Chill any leftovers as soon as possible. Read more

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Contaminated Pet Food, Treats Can Harm People, Too

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Tainted pet foods and treats may make more than your dog or cat sick, new data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests. Harmful bacteria can also make owners ill if they handle contaminated pet products improperly, and bacteria such as salmonella can spread from pets to people, the agency said. "Ultimately, we're hoping to learn ways FDA can help minimize the incidence of foodborne illness associated with pet foods and treats," Renate Reimschuessel, head of the FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, said in an agency news release. To collect the new data, the FDA worked with 11 veterinary labs across the United States to investigate pet infections reported by pet owners. One of the main focuses was salmonella infections. Of almost 3,000 dogs and cats tested so far, fewer than 100 have tested positive for salmonella, the ... Read more

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Germs in Foodborne Illness Gaining Resistance to Antibiotics, CDC Says

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains a public health threat despite attempts to combat the problem, according to new U.S. government data. Antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs still cause about 440,000 illnesses in the United States each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported online Tuesday. "Antibiotic resistance can arise spontaneously, but the greatest contribution to antibiotic resistance is the overuse and overprescribing of antibiotics," said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was not involved in the new report. Testing in 2013 revealed that multidrug resistance – non-responsiveness to three or more classes of antibiotics – in salmonella infections remained steady, accounting for 10 percent of foodborne illnesses, the CDC said. But antibiotic ... Read more

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Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

Posted 22 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But 10 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a statement. The majority of those who fell ill said they had recently eaten sushi that included raw tuna. However, "a common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified," the CDC said in its statement. While the bulk of cases, 31, are in California, eight other states are affected: Arizona (10), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1), the agency said. Most of the cases have involved people who live in the southwestern United States, or who traveled to that part of the country in the ... Read more

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U.S. Making Headway Against Salmonella, E. coli: CDC

Posted 14 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – Contaminated food sickens millions of Americans each year, but the types of bacteria causing the majority of illnesses have changed in recent years, health officials said Thursday. The incidence of reported infections with E. coli O157 and a common strain of Salmonella bacteria decreased by about one-third in 2014 compared to 2006-2008. But, while those infections decreased, infections with other types of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Vibrio were on the rise, according to experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, nine foodborne illnesses accounted for some 19,000 infections, about 4,400 hospitalizations, and 71 deaths, according to data from the CDC's FoodNet tracking system. However, the actual problem is much larger since FoodNet covers only 15 percent of the U.S. population, said Dr. Patricia Griffin, chief of the Enteric ... Read more

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Pets Can Spread Infections to People: Review

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Pets can transfer infections to humans, especially young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, experts report. Pet owners and health care providers need to be aware of this risk and take steps to protect vulnerable people, said the authors of a review published in the April 20 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Studies suggest physicians do not regularly ask about pet contact, nor do they discuss the risks of zoonotic diseases with patients, regardless of the patient's immune status," said Dr. Jason Stull in a journal news release. He is an assistant professor in the department of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University. A zoonotic disease is one that can be passed between animals and humans. All pets can transmit diseases to people, including salmonella, drug-resistant bacteria, ... Read more

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The Inside Dish on Barbecue Safety

Posted 13 Apr 2015 by

SUNDAY, April 12, 2015 – Barbecues and picnics are synonymous with warm weather, and following food safety rules will help ensure that everyone stays healthy, an expert says. "First and foremost, remember that the 'time-temperature danger zone' is between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F," said Rebecca Blake, director of clinical nutrition at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. "Foods should not be left in this temperature range for more than two hours. If it is, it should be thrown away immediately." On very hot days, when temperatures top 90 degrees F., food should be left out for no more than one hour, she noted. "Leaving food out too long at room [or outdoor] temperatures can cause bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter) to grow to dangerous levels that can make us sick – usually with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea," Blake said. ... Read more

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Steer Clear of Raw Milk, Researchers Warn

Posted 31 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – Raw milk causes more than half of all milk-related foodborne illnesses in the United States, even though only about 3.5 percent of Americans drink raw milk, according to a new report. The researchers warned that people are nearly 100 times more likely to get a foodborne illness from raw (unpasteurized) milk than from pasteurized milk. While some claim that raw milk is healthier and tastes better than pasteurized milk, the report authors said their findings show that raw milk carries significant health risks. People should not drink it, they said. The team at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future reviewed 81 published journal articles about raw cow's milk. They found it was often contaminated with Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria and a dangerous type of E. coli. These bacteria can cause foodborne illness leading to diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, fever ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cancer Treatment Makes Foodborne Illness a Bigger Concern

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by

-- People being treated for cancer are more vulnerable to foodborne illness and its serious complications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains why: Radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can weaken your immune system. Cancer itself also may compromise your immune system. A weaker immune system means you are more susceptible to infection, including foodborne illness. Foodborne infection may extend your illness, potentially leading to complications and hospitalization. To avoid contracting a foodborne illness, you need to be careful when handling, preparing and eating foods, the FDA says. Read more

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U.S. Officials Pinpoint Common Sources of Foodborne Illnesses

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Beef, dairy, fruit and certain types of vegetables are among the most common sources for the four major types of foodborne illness that strike nearly 2 million Americans each year, a U.S. government report finds. More than 80 percent of E. coli O157 illnesses are linked to beef and vegetable row crops, such as leafy vegetables, while 77 percent of salmonella infections are associated with seeded vegetables (such as tomatoes), eggs, fruit, chicken, beef, sprouts and pork, the report showed. About three-quarters of campylobacter illnesses are linked with dairy (66 percent) and chicken (8 percent). Most of the outbreaks caused by dairy were associated with raw milk or cheese produced from raw milk, such as unpasteurized queso fresco, officials said. Fruit is implicated in 50 percent of listeria infections, followed by dairy at 31 percent, according to the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Certain Foods Isolated

Posted 31 Oct 2014 by

-- Foods such as meat, seafood, poultry and eggs must be separated from other edibles to prevent possible cross-contamination with germs. The website offers these suggestions: Keep these foods separate from all other foods in your grocery shopping cart. When you check out at the grocery, make sure each of these foods is separately wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent juices from leaking. Keep these foods in plastic bags or storage containers in the refrigerator or freezer. Eggs should be stored in their cartons and kept in the main part of the refrigerator, not in the door. Read more

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Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – Antibiotics might actually help Salmonella – bacteria that cause food poisoning – spread among infected animals, according to new research. Although this phenomenon isn't yet known to have occurred among people, the study's authors cautioned their findings should serve as a reminder of the potential dangers of antibiotic use. They also noted that their findings call into question the pervasive use of low doses of antibiotics among livestock. "We humans shouldn't take antibiotics lightly. We need to consider whether they're always beneficial when they're given to animals across the board, or when we take them ourselves," said the study's senior author, Denise Monack, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, in a university news release. The study's authors explained that some mice are normally what's known as ... Read more

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