ARLENE COCO'S PRAIRIE KITCHEN Top 10 Food Safety Tips for the Holidays
Holidays are coming, that means parties and big family dinners.
Don't give your guests a dose of food poisoning to take home with them....
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,... Posted on 11/15/12 at 8:32 AM
HEALTHBEAT The not-so-clean workplace
I've never cultured my newsroom desk or keyboard to see what kinds of creepy microbes might be lurking there. But for all I know, these work surfaces could be crawling with enough pathogens to make ... Posted on 9/9/11 at 12:17 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Food safety bill has Minnesota roots
A food safety proposal with Minnesota roots is federal law.
President Barack Obama signed a measure that will increase federal officials' ability to ensure a safe food supply.
The first responsibili... Posted on 1/6/11 at 5:03 PM
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's traced the contaminated eggs to the Larry Schultz Organic Farm in Owatonna, where tests confirmed the presence of salmonella. Farm owners are cooperating with the investigation and have issued a voluntary recall of the eggs.
"Some will say these tragedies confirm all that is wrong with how food is grown, distributed and sold in the U.S. and much of the developed world," Minneapolis columnist Eric Wieffering writes. "I'd argue the opposite: that the recalls prove that the U.S. food safety system works far better than most people give it credit for."
The recent listeria outbreak from cantaloupe shows that large-scale occurrences of serious illnesses linked to tainted food have grown more common over the years, partly because much of what we eat takes a long and winding road from farm to fork.
The first sickness was in March. The first outbreak signs appeared in May. So why the wait? Tracking down the source of an illness is a difficult, complicated business, and federal officials defended the months-long process today by saying they wanted to be absolutely sure before they asked Cargill to initiate the third-largest meat recall in history.
Meat giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of turkey after a government hunt for the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person in California and sickened dozens more. View video report at bottom of article.
The United States needs to act quickly before an outbreak of the E.coli magnitude claims lives here and exacts a massive economic toll, according to the Star Tribune editorial. "Unfortunately," it states, "the U.S. Congress is poised to make a reckless retreat on the food safety front by not funding the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act, which brings America's horse-and-buggy food safety laws into the age of supermarkets, fast food and globally grown produce."
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