Spotting a Foodborne Illness

Earlier this month, health officials warned that shoppers at a Costco store in Lynwood, Washington had become sick after consuming the rotisserie chicken salad. In this blog we’ll dive into some of the details of foodborne illness and considerations for bringing a case after consuming a contaminated product. It seems like every month there is… Learn More »

Pistachios Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

Pistachios sold under Wonderful, Paramount Farms, and Trader Joe’s brands are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination. Health officials across nine states have investigated 11 individual cases of salmonella linked to pistachios originally from Lost Hills, California. The nuts have been sold nation-wide, as well as in parts of Canada. According to the Centers… Learn More »

Public Health Crisis for Oregon Children

Hunger is a serious public health concern with long-term consequences, especially for children.  Food insecurity affects women and children disproportionately in our community, and contributes to adverse health conditions.  Fetal malnutrition can result in compromised health and development throughout the child’s life.  Growing children that do not get enough food are particularly prone to health… Learn More »

Safety Tips for Outdoor Grilling

Summer is the best time of year to live in the Northwest: the sun is out and the weather is perfect for outdoor grilling with family and friends. Unfortunately, too often we hear of a serious burn or other injury that could have been avoided; these tragedies are a good reminder to practice basic grill… Learn More »

FDA Taking Measures to Ensure Food Imports From Japan Are Safe

    All milk and milk products as well as fruits and vegetables produced or manufactured from the four Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma will be detained upon entry into the United States, according to a recently updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Alert.  The food will not be allowed to enter the… Learn More »

FDA Panel to Reassess Possible Link Between Artificial Food Colorings and Behavioral Disorders.

    Under growing pressure from consumer advocates, the FDA has agreed to reassess whether synthetic food dyes contribute to hyperactivity in young children.  The dyes are ubiquitous in everyday foods.  They show up in chips, macaroni and cheese and soda under names like Yellow No. 5 and Red No. 40.      The FDA has studied the issue… Learn More »

Popular HCG Diet That “Tricks” Body to Lose Weight May Carry Health Risks

    In the ever growing catalog of radical diet fads, the New York Times recently reported on one that seems especially extreme.  More and more women are paying top dollar for a fertility hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG.  The trendy new “diet” requires regular self-administered HCG injections and a restricted calorie intake.  The science… Learn More »

Thanksgiving Turkey Safety Tips

Deep fried turkeys have a reputation for being juicy and tasty. Yet, there is fire risk that goes along with the great taste of a deep-fried turkey: turkey fryers combine gallons of boiling oil, open gas fires, and unstable frames. There are a few basic rules to safely frying a turkey, and yet every year… Learn More »