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Animal Antibiotics and Carnitas: A Much-Needed Reality Check

I recently walked into a trendy fast-casual restaurant and noticed a sign saying that they had stopped serving carnitas. Wow, was I shocked! I found out that some restaurants were having trouble matching their supply of pork with customer demand because of their marketing promises about "integrity," which includes a refusal to buy meat from animals raised or treated with antibiotics.

Recall Basics: What You Need to Know About the Stuffed Frozen Chicken Recall

One of the largest food recalls in recent history is currently underway.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Barber Foods has recalled approximately 1.7 million pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.  Here’s what you need to know about this food recall and to keep your family safe from the risk of foodborne illness.

In Case You Missed it: Hummus Recalled Due to Possible Listeria

Here’s the good news: food recalls are in place to protect public health.  The recall process involves coordination between manufacturers, public health professionals, and others. 

What You May Have Missed: Food Recalls

Recently, there have been a number of stories about food recalls, from the Today Show to social media.  You may have heard about them at some point during your busy day, but, just in case, here’s what you may have missed.

It’s important to be aware when a food recall is happening. But it’s equally important to know what to do during a food recall.  Here are a few helpful tips to keep your family safe during a food recall.

Dairy Snapshot: Expert Q&A

Thinking about where dairy products come from is one of the most confusing farming practices for most shoppers. It’s pretty impressive- milk goes from cows all over the country to every grocery store, all while staying safe, nutritious, and affordable. To shed more light on this incredible process and how it maintains food safety, we talked to Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, Senior Vice President of Nutrition & Food Safety for the International Food Information Council Foundation. Before becoming a Registered Dietitian, Marianne grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky.

Is a Soda a Day a Real (Cancer) Risk for You?

Earlier this year, we heard the European Food Safety Authority confirming the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).  Just when I thought we were off to a good start, we’re now hearing about a recent study creating undue concern for today's shopper.

Antibiotic Stewardship: A Critical Step to Reduce Resistance

In the last year, I’ve learned a great deal about antibiotics. I’ve talked to experts about their use, misuse, and strategies to address antibiotic resistance.  Here’s what I learned and what opportunities I see ahead.

Three Things to Remember about Animal Antibiotics

Many of you may have seen the recent PBS Frontline segment titled “Trouble with Antibiotics.”  I can understand why one might have more questions than answers about the use of animal antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.

Here are a few things you should remember about animal antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.

PCAST Releases New Report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Tony Flood & Brittany Mountjoy

“This is an important public health issue that requires the combined forces of both the human medical, veterinary, food industry and pharmaceutical industry to resolve – recognizing that it is clearly a one health issue that crosses multiple areas of interest”

Dr. David Acheson, President and CEO; The Acheson Group

Something Smells Fishy About Consumer Reports Seafood Article

By now if you’re like me, you’ve probably had it up to here when it comes to hearing about the risks associated with certain foods.  But there are risks associated with everything we do.  The important thing is to ask “do the benefits outweigh the Risks? And when it comes to food, many times the benefits win!

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