Tuesday
Oct272015

UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer 

Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts' warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too.

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Tuesday
Sep292015

VA medical centers shuts down due to residue from cleaning products

A black residue found in four sterilizers this week at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center came from a cleaning product that was not fully rinsed away, and patients were never at risk, officials said Thursday. The discovery of the residue led the Minneapolis VA to suspend most surgeries during the week until the substance had been analyzed and identified.

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Monday
Sep282015

A Peanut Exec Just Received 28 Year Food Safety Prison Sentence

Earlier this week, Stewart Parnell, former owner and president of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison for allowing the distribution of salmonella-tainted peanuts across the United States that led to the death of nine people.

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Monday
Sep282015

The food industry's $55.5 billion safety problem

Each year an estimated 48 million Americans are stricken ill as the result of one food-borne pathogen or another—listeria, E. coli, salmonella, and even a number of stowaway viruses are among the culprits. But in many cases the victims don’t know they’ve been infected. For those who go to a doctor or the hospital, the collective bill is substantial. A 2015 study by Robert Scharff, an associate professor at Ohio State University, estimates the annual cost of medical treatment, lost productivity, and illness-related mortality at $55.5 billion.

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Saturday
Sep192015

Deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections linked to tainted cucumbers has worsened, claiming two lives and sickening more than 300 people, officials say. So far, 341 people in 30 states have been infected. Seventy have been hospitalized, and two deaths have been reported, one in Texas and the other in California.

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Saturday
Sep192015

How restaurant chains rate on antibiotics in meat supply

A new report and scorecard is sounding the alarm on the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry served at America's top restaurant chains. The paper, "Chain Reaction," written by several public interest groups, grades the 25 largest fast food and fast casual restaurants in the country on their antibiotic policies and the transparency with which they implement them.

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Wednesday
Sep162015

Doctors warn that more children are getting drunk on hand sanitizer

Since 2010, poison control center hotlines across the United States have seen a nearly 400% increase in calls related to children younger than 12 ingesting hand sanitizer, according to new analysis by the Georgia Poison Center.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Labs cited for 'serious' security failures in research with bioterror germs

Amid concerns about the potential of a laboratory insider unleashing a deadly bioterror pathogen on the public, President Obama ordered greater scrutiny of workers with access to the riskiest microbes five years ago. The goal of the resulting regulations was to prevent something like the 2001 anthrax letter attacks — or worse — from happening again.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

MRSA infections remain a back-to-school risk

A private Washington school attended for decades by political luminaries and their children is standing out this month for another reason. St. Alban's is one of the latest schools to to be hit by MRSA infections, which are most commonly thought of as affecting elderly hospital patients.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

New study says Ebola survive in wastewater for 8 days

The Ebola virus can survive in wastewater for a period of eight days, which is considerably longer than previously thought, new research has revealed.

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