Washing raw chicken can splash bacteria around the kitchen. It’s best just to properly cook the chicken without washing it. So why do people still wash? Time to bust some chicken-washing myths.
Thornapple or jimsonweed and related plants have an interesting history – from an early asthma treatment to intoxicated British soldiers.
When fish like this netted cod are exposed to mercury, it accumulates in certain organs, including the lenses of their eyes.
A new study shows that a time stamp can be put on mercury that accumulates in fish eyes, offering a window into their lifetime exposure.
Affected poppy seeds made into a tea have led to seizures and cardiac arrests.
Healthy turkeys on a farm in West Newfield, Maine.
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Hunters are warned to take precautions handling wild birds, and the virus can spill over to non-avian species, so no one should approach wild animals that appear ill.
How long do we really need chemicals to last?
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PFAS can be filtered, but getting rid of the chemicals is a monumental challenge. A new breakthrough offers some hope.
Dairy, meats and eggs can get risky when left in warm conditions.
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Climate change has a clear link to rising foodborne illnesses. Blackouts during heat waves and wildfires are a growing part of the problem.
Despite the recent Kinder chocolate recall, there’s no cause for wider concern about chocolate safety.
Avian flu spreads quickly through domestic poultry flocks.
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Bird flu is highly contagious in domestic flocks, and a major outbreak is underway in the US. A veterinary scientist explains what consumers need to know.
Most U.S.-grown soybeans are genetically modified, so products containing them may be required to carry the new ‘bioengineered’ label.
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There’s a new label on many US food products – here’s what it means and who pushed to add it.
UK supermarket chain Morrisons recently announced it will use ‘best before’ instead of ‘use by’ dates on its milks. This change makes sense for the environment, and from a food safety perspective too.
Organic vegetables at the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, Goleta, Calif.
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Four out of five Americans regularly buy some kind of organic food. An expert on the industry says more federal support could greatly expand organic farming and its environmental benefits.
After the meal, putting food away quickly is key to keeping it free from pathogens.
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‘When in doubt, throw it out’ – and more tips to make sure your festive feast won’t make you sick.
Goat sellers in the Birnin Kudu market, Jigawa State, Nigeria
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The presence of multi drug-resistant bacteria in goats and sheep in southwest Nigeria may be due to regular use of antibiotics and unhygienic practices by farmers.
Traders leave their cabbages after the County Governor ordered the closure of the main open air market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kisumu, Kenya.
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Lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 had various effects on food as it went from farms to plates.
Vendors sell fruits and vegetables at an informal food market.
When it comes to food safety solutions, models which enforce bans and regulations don’t fit.
Like rings in tree trunks, the layers of our teeth carry a detailed record of our growth — and reveal lead contamination is common.
Two men work their maize crop in Uganda’s Kapchorwa district.
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The government intervening to ensure food safety will increase awareness among producers and consumers.
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Food safety agencies have assessed the risk of acquiring COVID-19 from contaminated food or food packaging. They found that currently, there’s no evidence that the virus is a food safety risk.
Volunteers prepare boxes at the Greater Boston Food Bank on Oct. 1, 2020.
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Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That’s been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.