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Don't Eat Romaine Lettuce Due to E. Coli Outbreak, FDA Warns

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TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – Cross one ingredient off your Thanksgiving dinner menu: romaine lettuce. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with health officials from various states are asking American consumers to avoid the leafy green due to an outbreak of dangerous E. coli illness. "At this time, the FDA recommends that consumers do ...

Worried About the Salmonella Scare With Turkey This Holiday? Don't Be

Posted 21 hours ago by

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – Ongoing news alerts of potential salmonella contamination in certain brands of raw turkey might have you rattled as Thanksgiving dinner approaches. But although the danger is real, simple kitchen precautions can help eliminate it, health experts say. First, the latest on the threat: More than 147,000 pounds of raw turkey products from Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales LLC have ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Food From Hurricane Threats

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by

-- Lengthy power outages are often unwanted headaches left in the wake of hurricanes and other severe storms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following ways to prepare for unpredictable weather by having key supplies available: Containers of ice to keep food cold, or to melt if water supply is contaminated or unavailable. Coolers, frozen gel packs and dry ice to keep ...

Flooding a Major Health Danger as Michael's Fury Continues

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – Images of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle are gripping the nation. And with massive rainfall and 13-foot storm surges, flooding is a major danger as the storm tracks northward. "Floodwater places virtually all people at risk for drowning, even for experienced swimmers," warned Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill ...

Consumer Reports Says Warnings About Tainted Beef Don't Go Far Enough

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – To avoid possible E. coli infection, check your freezer and toss out any ground beef bought in the United States between June 21 and July 11, food safety advocates advise. Consumer Reports believes U.S. regulators didn't go far enough in their response to a deadly E. coli outbreak in Florida. The nonprofit urges consumers to be extra cautious before deciding to use ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Child After Pet Exposure

Posted 3 Sep 2018 by

HealthDay News) – Schools often have classroom pets, such as hamsters, fish or frogs. Caring for those animals can be a great learning experience for kids. But exposure to animals does have some risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Young children are still developing an immune system, so they are more likely to get sick after handling an animal. The CDC suggests how to ...

Hundreds of Human, Pet Homeopathy Products Recalled

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Hundreds of Dr. King's water-based homeopathic drugs for children, adults and pets may be unsafe to use because of high levels of microbial contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Due to the risk of infection, consumers with these products made by King Bio Inc. of Asheville, N.C., should throw them away, the agency stressed. Products covered by ...

Health Tip: Food Safety for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

-- Pregnant women and newborns are more vulnerable to foodborne illness than others, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. Here are the agency's suggestions for pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid foodborne illness: Clean hands and surfaces often. Separate foods to avoid spreading contamination. Cook foods to proper temperature. Use a meat thermometer when appropriate. Chill foods ...

Health Tip: Suggestions for Cleaning Fruit and Veggies

Posted 7 Aug 2018 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 5 Aug 2018 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 3 Aug 2018 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 ...

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