January 20, 2020

For National Food Safety Month, Common Food Safety Myths Debunked

September is National Food Safety Education Month. And several organizations are offering information to help consumers stay safe by using good practices in the kitchen and by debunking food safety myths. The consumer shares responsibility with producers and distributors for food safety. Home cooks must know proper food handling and cooking techniques, because pathogenic bacteria can be present on all foods. The National Chicken Council is partnering with Partnership for Food Safety Education to inform the public about some common myths. Since one in six Americans will get a foodborne illness this year, consumer education is critical. These are some of the myths advocates are debunking: "Microwaves kill bacteria." Microwaves do not kill bacteria; the heat that microwaves generate … [Read more...]

Food Safety Guides for Those Most Vulnerable to Foodborne Illness

The USDA and the FDA have partnered to create six booklets with food safety advice for those who are most at risk for serious complications of foodborne illness. The booklets are tailored to older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with cancer, diabetes, or HIV/AIDS. USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said in a press release, "These booklets are a much needed resource for consumers who are at increased risk of getting sick from food. The clear, understandable information in these booklets will help at-risk individuals feel confident about the safety of foods they prepare and eat. The booklets are also helpful to physicians and other health care providers for educating their at-risk patients about foodborne illness." Each booklet has 24 … [Read more...]

Problems Persist With Chicken Jerky Dog Treats From China

Chicken Jerky dog treats imported from China continue to pose serious health problems for American dogs. But despite five years of research and testing, it's not clear why, according to the latest product safety update¬†from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the July 18 update, the agency stops short of telling consumers not to feed the treats to their pets, but urges people who choose to do so to watch their pets for tellltale signs of serious illness: decreased appetite and activity, vomiting, diarrhea, and an increase in water consumption and urination. The dried chicken products are sold as "jerky," "tenders," "strips" or "treats." The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has ben receiving complaints of canine illness associated with chicken jerky treats … [Read more...]

Coalition Urges President to Release FSMA Rules

On Tuesday July 17, 2012, a coalition of foodborne illness victims and food safety organizations called Make Our Food Safe asked President Obama to release key food safety rules that are stuck at the Office of Management and Budget. The rules, part of the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), cover produce safety, packaged food safety, and imported food safety. The administration says that the rules are complicated and that the review of the rules is a lengthy process. But representatives of the Pew Health Group, STOP Foodborne Illness, and the American Academy of Pediatrics say they are outraged that these critical rules have not been released. Erik Olson of the Pew Health Group said that the delays are causing real problems. In fact, he said, "the FDA recently sent a letter to … [Read more...]

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