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Health Tip: Keep Food Safer

Posted 7 days ago by

-- Your refrigerator should be kept at or slightly below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests using a thermometer to ensure that your refrigerator maintains the correct temperature. The FDA also suggests: Avoid stuffing your fridge, as it will prevent cold air from circulating around food. Wipe up spills immediately. ...

Almost 150 Now Sickened By E. Coli-Tainted Lettuce

Posted 12 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Twenty-eight more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by U.S. health officials on Wednesday. So far, a total of 149 cases caused by a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported. There has also been one death recorded, in California, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

First Death Reported in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

Posted 19 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – The first death from an ongoing outbreak of E. coli tied to romaine lettuce has been reported in California, federal health officials said Wednesday. The outbreak – tied to lettuce grown in Arizona – has now also spread to half of the 50 states, with 23 more cases reported since the last update on Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. So ...

Cases Rise in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – The number of illnesses linked to Arizona romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli have risen sharply, from 53 cases a week ago to 84 on Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that three more states – Colorado, Georgia and South Dakota – have been hit by the outbreak, bringing the total number of affected states to 19. Infections have been ...

CDC Broadens Romaine Lettuce Warning as E. Coli Outbreak Continues

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – In the wake of an E. coli outbreak that has made more than 50 people in 16 states sick, Americans are now being warned to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in a grocery store. On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning from just chopped romaine to any and all forms of the lettuce – whole romaine, romaine in ...

More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – The outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce continues to expand, federal health officials said Wednesday. "Since the last update on April 13, 2018, 18 more ill people have been added to this investigation, bringing the total number to 53," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a news release. The illnesses have been ...

Arizona Romaine Lettuce Tied to Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak: CDC

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – You may want to think twice about that Caesar salad. As a recent outbreak of serious illness from the E. coli stomach bug continues to spread across the United States, experts say romaine lettuce grown in Arizona could be the culprit. Since the last update on Tuesday, "18 more ill people have been reported, bringing the total to 35 ill people in 11 states," the U.S. ...

Health Tip: Prepare Shredded Meat in a Slow Cooker

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

-- Shredded meat and poultry are a great start to a wide range of meals, from chili to Mexican dishes. But it's important to prepare the meat safely to avoid foodborne illness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these suggestions for preparing shredded meat in a slow cooker: Refer to your product's manual to determine how much meat your pot can safely hold. Refrigerate meat ...

Dirty Water Taking Toll on Americans' Health, Wallets

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Water pollution is damaging Americans' health, and at a high financial cost, too, new research finds. Water-related recreational activities lead to more than 90 million cases a year of gastrointestinal, respiratory, ear, eye and skin-related illnesses in the United States, according to the study. The researchers calculated that those illnesses result in $2.9 billion a ...

Health Tip: Is Your Food Still Good After Power Outage?

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by

-- If you lose power, it's a good idea to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep food safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. A refrigerator will stay cold for about four hours, and a freezer should preserve food for up to 48 hours if they remained closed, the agency says. Here are the FDA's suggestions for determining if food is safe to eat after a power outage: If the ...

Your Dishwasher Is Not as Sterile as You Think

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests. Microbes – from bacteria to viruses to fungi – are everywhere, including within and on the human body. So it's no surprise, the researchers said, that a kitchen appliance would be hosting them. So do people need to worry about getting sick from ...

Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

-- One in six Americans gets food poisoning each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. That adds up to 48 million cases annually. The germs behind food poisoning and the symptoms they cause vary. But symptoms frequently include: Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea, which may be watery or bloody. Nausea and vomiting. Loss of appetite. Possible fever.

Raw Meat Not the Safest Choice for Your Dog or for You

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – While your dog or cat might love the taste of raw meat, a steady diet of it might be a bad idea, a new study warns. Raw meat diets for pets have become increasingly popular, but there is no evidence that they are healthier than typical pet foods, the researchers said. In fact, some studies have reported that raw meat diets may pose a threat to pets and their owners due ...

Bah, Hum (Stomach) Bug! Essential Holiday Food Safety Tips

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 – A stomach bug can quickly put a damper on your Christmas Day festivities. If you're teaching children how to prepare favorite family recipes, include important lessons about food safety, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. The last thing you want to give your family is a foodborne illness. Here are some suggestions from the pediatricians' group to avoid one: Every ...

Health Tip: Avoid Eating Raw Dough

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by

-- No matter how tempting it is to sneak a taste of raw cookie dough, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you shouldn't. Raw dough can harbor dangerous bacteria. The CDC suggests: Never eat raw dough or batter. Don't let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts. Make sure raw dough is cooked to the proper temperature. Don't eat shakes or ice cream with ...

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