Food Safety

3:01am

Sat March 15, 2014
The Salt

Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:47 pm

Bacteria don't wear wristwatches. But they can take their sweet time hopping onto a potato chip.
Greg Williams/Wikimedia Commons

Many of us will happily eat a gummy bear or cookie after it falls on the floor, as long as we snatch it up quickly. Say, five seconds or less, right?

Well, science just gave us another excuse to continue this food-saving habit, especially when it comes to carpet-dusted snacks.

Biology students at the Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., measured how quickly two common bacteria hop aboard foods dropped on tiles, linoleum and carpet.

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6:00am

Fri March 7, 2014
Agriculture

Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply

Since 9/11, many companies have taken steps to protect their operations from intentional contamination. Central Dairy trucks of Jefferson City, Mo., have multiple locks to prevent milk and ice cream from being tampered with. Still, the FDA believes its ru
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

4:56pm

Thu March 6, 2014
The Salt

Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 10:55 am

Going, going, gone. You won't find azodicarbonamide in Nature's Own products. And Subway is phasing it out, too. But lots of manufacturers are still using the additive.
Meg Vogel NPR

That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.

A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.

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6:00am

Thu March 6, 2014
Agriculture

New Rules Seek To Protect Food Supply From Terror Attack

This feedlot in Ordway, Colo. wouldn't be covered under new rules from the FDA meant to limit risk of a terror attack on the food industry. But the rules could spur the agriculture industry to consider their vulnerabilities to attack.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

In the wake of Sept. 11, the U.S. government spent years, and billions of dollars, fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks. Now, government regulators are turning their attention to our food supply.

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4:40pm

Thu February 20, 2014
The Salt

'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:37 pm

A screen grab from an undercover video released by the Humane Society of the U.S. shows a pig in a gestation crate at Iron Maiden Farms in Owensboro, Ky.
Courtesy of The Humane Society of The United States

Animal welfare groups go to great lengths to show us how "the sausage" is made inside the factory-style farms that produce most of our meat. For the past few years, they've armed activists with video cameras and sent them undercover to document alleged abuses or risky practices.

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