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Health Tip: Suggestions for Cleaning Fruit and Veggies

Posted 10 days ago by

-- Some 48 million people in the United States get sick each year from contaminated food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. And animal products aren't the only culprit. Produce – such as spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and cantaloupe – also may be a source of foodborne illness, the agency warns. The FDA suggests how to help ensure that your fruit and veggies are safe: Wash hands well with ...

How to Keep Foodborne Illness at Bay

Posted 12 days ago by

SATURDAY, Aug. 4, 2018 – When you're having a barbecue or picnic, be sure you don't invite foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria. Each year in the United States, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 23,000 hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Salmonella contamination can occur in many foods, including melons, cucumbers, ...

Health Tip: Eat Safely at Outdoor Fairs

Posted 14 days ago by

-- The summer calendar is filled with fairs and festivals, but with the warmer temperatures comes an increased risk of food contamination, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The CDC suggests considering these questions when deciding to buy food from a vendor: Does the vendor's station look clean? Does the vendor have a sink for employees to wash their hands? Do the ...

Health Tip: Where to Store Food

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by

-- 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 ...

July Is Peak Time for Illness From Poop in Pools: CDC

Posted 28 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 – Is it safe to go in the water this summer? Not if microscopic germs like E. coli or cryptosporidium are swimming in the pool with you, U.S. health officials warn. "These germs make people sick when they swallow water contaminated with poop," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated frankly in a news release on Thursday. The statement accompanied a new ...

Kitchen Towels Laden With Bacteria

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 – Is your kitchen towel making you sick? The answer could be yes if you use the towel for many purposes, have a large family and are not a vegetarian, according to a new study of germs lurking on towels. Forty-nine percent of the kitchen towels collected for the study were laden with bacteria, and the bacterial count increased with the number of family members and kids, ...

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

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by

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

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 ...

Many Parents Say Restaurant Fare Has Made Kids Sick: Poll

Posted 21 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – American moms and dads work hard to prevent food poisoning at home, but 10 percent say their kids have gotten sick after eating bad food elsewhere. In a new poll by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, parents peg restaurants as the usual source of spoiled or contaminated food (68 percent). Surprisingly, though, just 1 in 4 parents pays attention to ...

Severity of E. Coli-Linked Diarrhea May Depend on Blood Type

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Some vacationers may be more lucky than others if they catch a case of "traveler's diarrhea." Researchers found that for people infected with the type of E. coli bacteria that causes the condition, the severity of their symptoms seemed to depend on their blood type. Enterotoxigenic E. coli causes millions of cases of diarrhea and hundreds of thousands of deaths every ...

More Cases in Lettuce-Linked E. Coli Outbreak, But End May Be Near

Posted 17 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Twenty-three more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by U.S. health officials on Wednesday. That brings the total number of cases to 172, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. But there was potential good news: The outbreak, tied to lettuce grown near Yuma, Ariz., might be nearing its end. That's ...

Health Tip: Keep Food Safer

Posted 14 May 2018 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 9 May 2018 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. ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent E coli Infection

Posted 7 May 2018 by

-- Escherichia coli(E. coli) is a bacterium that's found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals. Many strains are harmless, but some can make you very sick, causing diarrhea, urinary tract infection, respiratory illness and pneumonia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Certain strains produce a toxin called Shiga, leading to some 265,000 illnesses, ...

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

Posted 3 May 2018 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 ...

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