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'5-Second Rule' Is Baloney

In some cases, contamination is instantaneous, say researchers

(Newser) - The five-second rule is off by about five seconds in many cases, and not in the direction you hoped. That's what Rutgers researchers say in a new study debunking the classic kitchen rule, which declares it safe to eat food off the floor if scooped up in a flash.... More »

Report: Human, Rat DNA Found in Burgers

But it probably won't hurt you

(Newser) - Are burgers on the menu? You may want to take a look at the Hamburger Report before you fire up the grill. The report found unexpected ingredients in some of the burgers it tested—including the DNA of rats and humans—and some missing ingredients in others, such as the... More »

When It Comes to Pesticides, Strawberries Now the Worst

Apples have been dethroned on the "Dirty Dozen"

(Newser) - Strawberries are packed with fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium—and they've usually got some pesticide, too. In fact, 98% of strawberries tested by the USDA had some form of pesticide residue, a distinction that earned the fruit the top spot on the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen... More »

DOJ Opens Criminal Investigation Into Ice Cream Maker

Blue Bell linked to three fatal listeria cases last year

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into ice-cream-maker Blue Bell after its frozen treats were linked to 10 listeria cases—three of them fatal—last year, CNN reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , prosecutors are looking into what Blue Bell executives knew about the listeria... More »

Ancient Spice May Be Next Big Thing in Food Safety

How about a cutting board made of turmeric?

(Newser) - Turmeric, a spice best known for its use in Indian cuisine, may someday help prevent E. coli outbreaks, but in a highly unusual way. Researchers at Southern Illinois University have made progress on incorporating turmeric into food processing and preparation surfaces—think cutting boards, knives, and countertops—according to a... More »

Dole Recalls Spinach Over Salmonella Risk

Sample tested from bag triggers move

(Newser) - Dole is recalling some bags of spinach because of a salmonella risk, reports Food Safety News . No illnesses have been reported, but a sample from a bag tested in Michigan turned up positive for the disease. The particulars: The bags in question are marked "Dole Spinach" and coded A27409B... More »

Almost All Ground Beef Has Fecal Contamination

Steer clear of undercooked burgers, experts say

(Newser) - A close look at ground beef reveals some pretty disturbing stuff, a Consumer Reports investigation found. Some 300 packages containing 458 pounds of ground beef were bought at stores of all kinds in 26 cities, and every single one "contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination," per Consumer Reports.... More »

Don't Wash Your Spinach? You May Not Want to Read This

Even if you do wash, bad news for you

(Newser) - If you don't wash the pre-washed spinach you buy from the store, you may want to stop reading. Actually, even if you do wash your spinach, you still may want to stop here. According to new findings by food safety researchers out of the University of California, Riverside , bacteria... More »

Critics Are Lying: GMO Food Is Safe

Slate writer takes an in-depth look

(Newser) - Judging by public perception, genetically modified food is an unnatural abomination being forced on us by evil corporate giants. People are afraid this "frankenfood" will kill them, which is why chains such as Chipotle and products such as Cheerios are going GMO-free. The problem with all this is that... More »

We Need a National Standard on Expiration Dates

Too much food is being wasted, say the editors at Bloomberg

(Newser) - Chances are you glance at the expiration date on food before tossing it into your shopping cart. The problem is, those dates are "almost completely arbitrary" and get stamped on there under a system that is "remarkably haphazard," complain the editors at Bloomberg View . They argue that... More »

One-Third of Blue Bell Workers Losing Jobs

Recall means 1,450 full- and part-time employees will be out of work

(Newser) - Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products. The company, whose production plants remain closed, said 750 full-time employees and 700 part-time workers are losing... More »

School District Served Kids Meat From 2009

Gravy was used to disguise elderly pork roast

(Newser) - If the Hawkins County school system in Tennessee had kept its meat in the freezer much longer, the meat might have been older than some of the students it was served to. The county says it's changing its procedures after students at many schools were served pork roast that... More »

No. 1 Source of Salmonella Cases: Not Meat

In fact, seeded veggies are the worst culprit, feds find

(Newser) - Salmonella might be an illness you think about when you're tempted to eat cookie dough ; it's probably not something that worries you when picking out zucchini. But in fact, seeded vegetables were the top source of salmonella illnesses in a federal food study that focused on the years... More »

'Smart Chopsticks' Can Detect Bad Food

Chinese invention started out as April Fool's joke

(Newser) - In a country with as many tainted food scandals as China, using "smart chopsticks" could be a pretty wise move. Baidu, the Internet giant nicknamed "China's Google," unveiled the utensils at its annual conference in Beijing this week, explaining that they could detect tainted products like... More »

Feds: Slaughterhouse Swapped Heads to Fool Inspectors

4 indicted over massive recall of diseased beef

(Newser) - Workers at the Rancho Feeding Corp. were up to something pretty stomach-churning while inspectors were on their lunch break, according to a federal indictment: They slaughtered cows with eye cancer, hid the heads in gut bins, and placed the heads of healthy cows next to the carcasses. The co-owners and... More »

McDonald's Meat Supplier Changed Expiration Dates

Report: Sold McD's, KFC, Pizza Hut rotten meat

(Newser) - Cue China's next food scare: A Shanghai reporter spent two months in the city’s Husi Food Company plant, which supplies meat to McDonald’s and Yum Brands (which owns Pizza Hut and KFC) in China, and found some pretty disgusting practices including falsifying expiration dates and picking food... More »

3 Foods That the Experts Won't Touch

And other food-safety tips to keep your July 4th rolling

(Newser) - Nothing can put a damper on your July 4th barbecue like rain—except maybe food safety experts, some of whom give USA Today pointers on how to avoid celebrations that end with you running for the bathroom. Doug Powell of the aptly-named starts with a few foods he... More »

Ominous First: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Food

In a single squid in a Chinese market in Saskatoon

(Newser) - We're growing accustomed to hearing about antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our hospitals; now the CDC says it's entering our markets. In a report out yesterday, the agency revealed that Canadian researchers have, as part of a pilot study, discovered such bacteria in a single raw squid found in a... More »

Coca-Cola Yanks Controversial Ingredient

Company phases out brominated vegetable oil in Powerade

(Newser) - Looks like a teenager's online petition has induced Coca-Cola to remove an ingredient from Powerade. The Mississippi teen, Sarah Kavanagh, led the charge with two petitions against brominated vegetable oil—one targeting Powerade , the other Gatorade —that gathered nearly 260,000 supporters in all, the AP... More »

8.7M Lbs. of 'Diseased, Unsound' Meat Recalled

California-based firm's beef, veal products weren't properly inspected

(Newser) - Bad news for Americans who consume food, specifically of the meat variety: California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation is recalling some 8.7 million pounds of beef and veal products after feds determined that it "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit... More »

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