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How to Decipher Those Food 'Sell-By' Dates

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date printed on the label? Or that manufacturers only voluntarily stamp dates on foods? While the law states that foods must be wholesome and safe to eat, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can take action to remove a product that poses a danger, the agency doesn't require dates on foods other than infant ...

Health Tip: Where to Store Food

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Storing food in the right place in the kitchen can not only make your food last and taste better, but can also help protect you from foodborne illness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says the refrigerator is the right place for: Honey, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, bread and peanut butter. Olive oil and nut oils are best kept in the fridge, to prevent them from turning rancid. If they ...

Is the Milk in Your Fridge 'Off'? Smartphone Might Someday Tell

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – Has that week-old yogurt really gone bad? Did the chicken you bought just three days ago already spoil? Your smartphone might one day be able to tell you, new research suggests. A group of scientists is developing a portable, inexpensive and easy-to-use electronic tag to send wireless alerts to smartphones when a telltale gas is emitted by rotten food. "As we know, ...

E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Lettuce Is Over, Leaving 5 Deaths in Its Wake

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – This spring's outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce is likely over, U.S. health officials say, but not before claiming five lives. "Romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region [of Arizona] is past its shelf life and is likely no longer being sold in stores or served in restaurants," officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

A Germ-Filled Capsule Might Help Spot Gastro Ills

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Someday doctors may be able to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) problems without invasive tests by asking patients to swallow a capsule containing a small, bacteria-laced sensor. The so-called "bacteria on a chip" method pairs tiny electronic sensors with laboratory-enhanced bacteria that react to bleeding in the stomach and other GI disturbances. The sensors then pick up ...

Health Tip: Keep Food Safer

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- 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 9 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

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