Paul Wilkinson

Massive Frozen Vegetable Recall May Not Be So Bad Because People Cook Vegetables

Have you gone through all of the frozen vegetables and packaged food in your house to ensure that they aren’t on the list of items potentially contaminated by Listeria in an outbreak dating back to 2013? Yeah, me either, and I don’t even have a lot of frozen vegetables. That’s what public health officials are worried about: that people won’t check their freezers and could get sick years from now, with Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous. [More]

Mike Mozart

Chipotle Lures Customers Back With Free Burritos That Don’t Make Them Sick

What’s the best way to prove to the American public that your food won’t make them sick? Convince them to try your food again, and don’t make them sick. That’s been Chipotle’s recovery plan, and it’s working pretty well. In addition to serving up raincheck burritos (in exchange for capturing your phone number) the company also sent out coupons offering free entrées, free sides, and free beverages to lure customers back. According to one firm’s research, this plan worked. [More]

Stock Analysts Believe That Chipotle Sales Will Be Down This Quarter For Some Reason

Stock Analysts Believe That Chipotle Sales Will Be Down This Quarter For Some Reason

Are people heading somewhere other than Chipotle when a burrito craving strikes them? Stock analysts think so: while the company won’t release their fourth-quarter sales results for another few months, the after-effects of what is now a six-state E. coli outbreak will keep at least some customers out of restaurants for the immediate future. Especially if the chain and public health officials aren’t able to figure out what caused the outbreak. [More]

The FDA Will Now Have Oversight Of Fresh Produce Safety Before Anyone Gets Sick

The FDA Will Now Have Oversight Of Fresh Produce Safety Before Anyone Gets Sick

No one expects to add more fresh fruit and vegetables to their diet and end up with a stomach bug, a serious illness, or dead. Yet that’s beginning to happen, with multi-state outbreaks of food-borne illness, especially in items like fruit and salad greens that are generally eaten without cooking, and apparently not washed sufficiently. The Food and Drug Administration wants to change that. [More]

43 Chipotle Restaurants In Oregon And Washington State Close Due To E. Coli Outbreak

43 Chipotle Restaurants In Oregon And Washington State Close Due To E. Coli Outbreak

There’s a promotion at Chipotle tonight where people who wear costumes that include something extra, or a scary “unnecessary additive,” get burritos for $3. Yet restaurants in two states have closed today “out of an abundance of caution” because of something even scarier: an apparent outbreak of Shiga toxin E. coli in recent weeks at six restaurants in Oregon and Washington. [More]

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The CDC Redesigned Its Database For Looking Up Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

The question of who is in charge of a given foodborne outbreak can become complicated in the United States: responsibility for testing and recalling different food types and for tracing infectious diseases is split between three federal government and numerous state and local government agencies. Yet there is one great tool that the infectious disease experts over at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given us: The FOOD database. [More]

Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers Have Killed 3 People, Hospitalized 112

Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers Have Killed 3 People, Hospitalized 112

Salad is supposed to be beneficial to your health, but hundreds of people across the country have become sick due to their taste for fresh cucumbers. While the veggies’ supplier and one distributor have recalled affected batches of vegetables, and reports of new infections have slowed down, the outbreak has still made 558 people sick, sent 112 to the hospital, and now three people have died. [More]

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How Can I Avoid Getting Sick From Listeria-Contaminated Food?

Listeria-contaminated food has been in the news lately due to massive ice cream recalls from regional companies Blue Bell and Jeni’s. Ice cream isn’t usually where you find listeria, but it’s possible to contract listeriosis from frozen treats because the bacteria can survive below-freezing temperatures, and you don’t cook ice cream. How can you avoid illness from listeria? There are no guaranteed ways to eradicate it from the food supply, but there are precautions that you can take. [More]

Lawsuit Claims Couple Died After Getting Food Poisoning From Bob Evans’ Meatloaf

Lawsuit Claims Couple Died After Getting Food Poisoning From Bob Evans’ Meatloaf

Contracting food poisoning after consuming a meal is never a pleasant experience. While many consumers recover after a few days of being ill, some aren’t so lucky. Such is the case, a new lawsuit claims, for a West Virginia couple who died after allegedly becoming ill following a meal at a Bob Evans restaurant. [More]

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Food Poisoning Suspected After More Than 100 People Fall Ill During Food Safety Summit

While some of our nation’s brightest food minds were gathered at a Food Safety Summit in Maryland earlier this month, the very thing they came together to discuss seems to have wreaked havoc on more than 100 people attending. In what can only be a prank from the food gods, it appears food poisoning is one of the suspected culprits, officials say. [More]

Study Finds Produce, Restaurants Most Likely To Give Consumers Foodborne Illnesses

Study Finds Produce, Restaurants Most Likely To Give Consumers Foodborne Illnesses

There’s now another compelling reason to eat at home rather than going out. And if you’re preparing a meal at home make sure you wash your produce. A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds that consumers are twice as likely to get food poisoning from food prepared at a restaurant than food prepared at home, and illnesses at home are most often linked to our love of all things produce. [More]

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Authorities Confirm Salad Food Poisoning Outbreak, Won’t Say Where Salads Were Sold

Hundreds of people in the Midwest got very sick from a bagged salad mix contaminated with a nasty little parasite called cyclospora. That’s how many cases authorities were able to confirm: there are probably many more who didn’t see a doctor or let the health department know they were sick. What no one will tell the public is where the fateful poo-contaminated salads were served. [More]

A Guide To Packing Away Those Leftovers

A Guide To Packing Away Those Leftovers

Despite all your loved ones’ best efforts to eat everything in sight, there’s still a bunch of food remaining. Now is the time to strategically pack the food away for a lust-filled reunion at a date yet to be determined. (Probably 9 p.m. or so tonight).

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Study: Gloves No Substitute For Hand-Washing When It Comes To Food Prep

Study: Gloves No Substitute For Hand-Washing When It Comes To Food Prep

If seeing your food cooked and handled by someone sporting a pair of latex gloves gives you a sense of security, the results of a new study in the Journal of Food Protection might give you pause.

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Outbreak Of Rare Salmonella Strains Linked To Taco
Bell

Outbreak Of Rare Salmonella Strains Linked To Taco Bell

In the last few months, at least 155 people in several states have become ill from a pair of rare strains of salmonella. And according to authorities, the source of the salmonella is food served at Taco Bell.

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The 10 Riskiest Foods That Aren't Meat Or Poultry

The 10 Riskiest Foods That Aren't Meat Or Poultry

This list of the 10 riskiest foods might surprise you at first, because there’s no mention of any sort of meat or poultry. But that’s because it’s from the FDA, which doesn’t regulate those two food categories. When it comes to produce, dairy, eggs and seafood, here’s what to watch out for, listed in order from most outbreaks to least.

Why E. Coli Still Makes Its Way Into Your Meat Supply

Why E. Coli Still Makes Its Way Into Your Meat Supply

Before you bite into that juicy hamburger, you might want to better understand how the meat industry creates, tests (or doesn’t test), then distributes ground beef. A detailed investigation by Michael Moss at the New York Times proves eating it is “still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.”

How, Exactly, Did E. coli Get In Nestle’s Cookie Dough?

How, Exactly, Did E. coli Get In Nestle’s Cookie Dough?

The recent discovery of E. coli O157 bacteria in NestlÈ refrigerated cookie dough and subsequent recall of 30,000 tubs of said dough raises an urgent scientific question: Uh, how did that much cow poop end up in cookie dough?