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 »

Willamette Valley Brands Hit With Massive Vegetable Recall

NORPAC and Stahlbush Island Farms, two brands owned by Willamette Valley, are recalling frozen vegetables purchased from a food processor at the center of a massive outbreak of Listeria, after 358 fruit and vegetable products provided by CRF Frozen Foods were believed to be contaminated. Stahlbush Island Farms is recalling its 10-ounce paper bags of… Learn More »

Sapovirus discovered in nursing homes

Norovirus infections have hit hard in nursing homes recently, but new research suggests a related virus is also causing big problems. Sapovirus has been identified by health researchers in Oregon: it may be more common than previously thought and it’s on the rise in nursing homes and long-term care centers. A new study shows 66… Learn More »

Can Eating Raw Cookie Dough Cause Illness from E. Coli?

Who doesn't love to lick raw cookie dough off baking utensils? However, it may be time to start thinking twice about this favorite pastime after new research has found that the cause of a 2009 multi-state E. coli outbreak that causes 77 people in 30 states to become ill (and over 50% to be hospitalized)… Learn More »

What Should You Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Practicing good food safety habits is the best way to avoid foodborne illnesses. So with Thanksgiving now a pleasant memory, the question becomes – what to do with all the leftovers? Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic, advises eating refrigerated turkey within four days. Freeze leftovers you want to keep longer. She also… Learn More »

New Study Shows Regularly Eating Canned Foods Causes Major Increase in Blood Levels of Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is found in many canned foods. It is a byproduct of the chemicals used to prevent corrosion.We’ve blogged in the past about how higher Biphenol A exposure during pregnancy can adversely affect toddlers. Unfortunately, there is more bad news surrounding BPA. A study published yesterday online in the Journal… Learn More »

Norovirus Outbreak in Washington Traced to Oysters from Korea

Last Friday, the FDA reported that ASSI-branded frozen oysters from Korea had been linked to a norovirus outbreak in Washington state. The oysters were served in a Washington state restaurant and eaten by three people who became ill and tested positive for norovirus. Norovirus causes gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines). The most common… Learn More »

Recall Roundup For October 7-14

Here’s a quick round-up of food and product recalls from the last week. Food Recalls: The listeria-tainted cantaloupe death toll is up to 23. It is believed that the cantaloupe is no longer being sold fresh or in prepackaged fruit salads, but it can take up to 2 weeks after consumption before the affects take… Learn More »

California Firm Announces Large Beef Recall Due to E. Coli Contamination

Yesterday, Commercial Meat Company, a Los Angeles, California firm, announced a recall of approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled beef products included bulk ground beef, ground beef patties, ground beef taco, and ground beef chili . The products subject to recall were produced between… Learn More »

Recall Roundup

It’s hard for busy people, especially working parents, to keep track of everything that may present a health problem or safety issue … particularly when the list of dangers changes daily. Here’s a quick round-up of food and product recalls from the last week. Food Recalls: A romaine lettuce recall for listeria initially listed only… Learn More »