October 7, 2020

Baked Potatoes and Cooked Rice: Why Are They Risky?

Did you know that baked potatoes and cooked rice are potentially risky foods? Those foods seem so innocuous, but they both can cause serious illness if not refrigerated promptly and reheated properly before eating. Both of these foods are called TCS, which stands for time/temperature control for safety. For baked potatoes, the risk is botulism, but only if the potato is cooked and cooled while completely wrapped in aluminum foil. The foil can create a low oxygen environment where the pathogen can grow and produce the toxin. Potatoes are a low acid food, which puts them in the high risk category for botulism poisoning. In fact, a botulism outbreak linked to home canned potato salad served at a church picnic in 2015 sickened 21 people. One woman died. When you cook a baked potato … [Read more...]

Center For Food Safety Challenges New Swine Inspection System

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is challenging the USDA's new swine inspection program with a lawsuit filed earlier this month. That agency, along with Food & Water Watch, is suing the USDA, stating that new rules about pork safety inspection in slaughter plants are dangerous for employees, consumers, and the animals themselves. The New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) lets corporation employees inspect the carcasses themselves instead of using federal inspectors, and also surrenders federal control over removing contamination from carcasses "without any minimum training requirements for slaughter-plant employees," according to CFS. This is a reversal to the swine slaughter inspection system that was put in place in the United States in 1906, when the Pure Food and Drug Act was … [Read more...]

DG/health Naturals Baby Cough Syrup Recalled For Contamination

Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, New York is recalling one lot of DG/health Naturals Baby Cough Syrup + Mucus because it may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans. Bacillus cereus in food products can cause two syndromes: one of vomiting, and the other of diarrhea. These illnesses are usually mild and self-limiting, meaning that patients can recover without medial care. But some populations, including infants, young children, and those with weakened immune systems, can suffer serious and even fatal illness if they ingest these pathogens. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this problem. The product was sold nationwide in Dollar General retail stores. The product, DG/health Naturals baby Cough Syrup + Mucus was sold in … [Read more...]

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