A Single Lab Tweak Stopped 270,000 Food Poisoning Cases a Year

My free-market digestive tract hates this kind of tyrannical regulation that keeps me alive and healthy. I demand my poo food!

Twenty years ago, a change was made to how we did food poisoning testing. That change prevented over a quarter of a million cases each year, and it may also suggest how we could stop more cases in the future.

Source: A Single Lab Tweak Stopped 270,000 Food Poisoning Cases a Year

It isn’t food poisoning, it is calorie reduced! 😉

…except for fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut…

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It’s Time to Stop Eating Bagged Salads

It pains me to say this, because I’m lazy. But after the umpteenth outbreak of food poisoning from bags of freshly washed greenery, I think it’s time we all stop eating bagged salads.

Source: It’s Time to Stop Eating Bagged Salads

TLDR: bagged lettuce comes from a number of different farms, and because it has multiple sources, each possibly with bacteria on it, increasing the risk of contamination. That’s versus lettuce sourced from a single farm.

The Safest Ways to Reheat Leftovers and Avoid Food Poisoning

The microwave is everyone’s go-to when it comes to reheating the previous night’s meatloaf, but you should take extra care to make sure those leftovers are safe enough to be today’s lunch. Here’s how.

Source: The Safest Ways to Reheat Leftovers and Avoid Food Poisoning

I’m surprised no one has mentioned using an actual thermometer here. People are notoriously bad at estimating temperatures and most foods need to be reheated to at least 74° C/165° F. Your finger will hurt long before you get to that point.

This Is Why It’s So Hard to Know If You Have Food Poisoning

You’re feeling queasy, your forehead is clammy, and all that tea you’ve been mainlining is doing nothing at all to perk you back up. What happens next is why it’s so hard to know if you had food poisoning or just a brush with the flu.

Source: This Is Why It’s So Hard to Know If You Have Food Poisoning

Curious about what to to do if you suspect food poisoning?  Or how your stomach knows when to vomit?

Raw Milk’s “Health Benefits” Are Mostly Imaginary

Maybe you like the taste of raw milk. (That’s more likely because it’s grass-fed than because it’s raw, but okay.) But if you’re chasing after health benefits in raw milk, think again.

Source: Raw Milk’s “Health Benefits” Are Mostly Imaginary

There’s a reason we pasteurize milk…  When I was a kid, we had goats for a while.  Going to goats milk was easy, but it took a while when transitioning back to [cow, pasteurized] milk.  I remember the flavour being a little bitter.

What to Do If You Think You Have Food Poisoning

The worst food poisoning I ever had was a few days after returning from a weekend vacation with friends. When I finally dragged myself out of the bathroom, an email was waiting for me: “Is everybody else feeling okay? I know our dinner together was a few days ago so I’m sure it’s not that, but I just wanted to check.”

Source: What to Do If You Think You Have Food Poisoning

All you can do is prepare for the worst 24-72 hours of your life, with the added bonus of feeling like shit (though thankfully things stop involuntarily coming out of you) for about a week while your body recovers from the trauma.

UK: Fresh Chicken Contaminated

Chickens sold in Britain are still being contaminated with high levels of the potentially deadly food poisoning bug campylobacter due to poor practice within the poultry industry, public health officials have warned.  Supermarkets have also continued to allow chickens to be sold to consumers even though they have tested positive for high levels of the bacteria.

Officials at Public Health England claim that without sufficient legislation the industry will resist implementing measures that could help to reduce the contamination of chickens for fear it will drive up the cost of meat. Their warnings come as the Food Standards Agency is preparing to publish a survey assessing the campylobacter levels on chicken being sold at leading UK supermarkets. Preliminary results showed that the bacteria could be found on the meat 59% of fresh chicken products on sale.

Source: Campylobacter contamination found in over half of UK’s fresh chicken