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Egg Labels Got You Scrambled?


A consumer recently saw local eggs being sold as "cage free, antibiotic free and hormone free" and had some questions about all those labels. How can eggs be produced without hormones? What's the difference between farm fresh eggs and those sold in the grocery store? We reached out to experts to help unscramble the mystery of egg labels.

Cool It!


An organized refrigerator can play an important role in food safety, food quality and food waste! Here are some top tips and tricks for keeping the foods in your fridge safe and tasty. 

Uh-Oh...Who Left the Milk Out?


It’s a busy morning – taking a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast, fixing lunch, checking email, grabbing homework. Then you notice something out of place. A carton of milk is sitting on the counter. We’ve probably all had this happen and, at that point, three questions run through our minds: How long has the milk been out? Is it still safe? And who left it out? Best Food Facts registered dietician Sarah Downs stepped in to help us find some answers.

The ABCs of Packing School Lunch


It's back to school time! As parents across the country rejoice, they also realize that their kids are still going to need to eat every day. And if they're going to eat something that's actually (gasp!) good for them, a little pre-planning and creativity is in order.

Kale Yeah!


Is it a superfood? Is it toxic? Recently, there's been a lot of news surrounding the health benefits and safety of kale. We talked with Best Food Facts registered dietitian Sarah Downs to answer some questions about this cruciferous vegetable. 

Top Posts in July


Thanks for making July a great month here at Best Food Facts! We noticed you showed a little bit of extra love for a few posts, too! If you haven't yet - check out the top Best Food Facts posts from July. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

What Are Parabens and Why Are They In My Food?


Parabens are in a wide variety of foods and other products that we use every day. But, what exactly are parabens and why are they used in food? Are they safe? We set out to find the facts and asked the experts.

Be the Master of Your Grill


It's officially grilling season! Grill masters armed with tongs, spatulas, sauces and seasonings fire up the pit and celebrate the season with burgers, brats, chicken, steak - the list goes on and on. You've no doubt got your favorites! But do you ever wonder if that meat you've sizzled to perfection is truly done? Fear not, grill master! Best Food Facts is here to help you master the art of internal cooking temperatures!

Raw Milk Q&A


Did you know that each year 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) will become sick from a foodborne illness? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that this may cost over $15.5 billion! One of the culprits of these outbreaks is from the consumption of contaminated raw milk or milk that has not been pasteurized. We chatted with Best Food Facts expert Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, PhD, RD, from North Dakota State University to find out more about raw milk. 

What You Need to Know About Bird Flu


Avian influenza, or bird flu, is spreading throughout the Midwest. How will this virus impact consumers? Are eggs, chicken and turkey still safe to eat? Should we be worried? For more information, we went to Dr. Daniel Shaw, Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Lab Avian Section Leader at the University of Missouri, and Maro Ibarburu, Associate Scientist and Business Analyst with the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University.

7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Listeria


The weather's getting warmer, and a favorite summer treat is ice cream. But with a recent recall of a popular brand of ice cream due to potential Listeria contamination, what do consumers need to know? Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, gives us the scoop.

Is Shrimp Safe to Eat?


A recent Consumer Reports study on farmed and wild, raw and cooked shrimp found that 60 percent of the raw shrimp sampled tested positive for bacteria. Should we be worried about eating shrimp? We asked expert Kevin Fitzsimmons for some insight into the safety of shrimp.

Let Us Eggsplain


Do you feel like buying eggs has become more complicated? You're not alone. Words like "organic," "cage-free" and "all-natural" are now found on egg cartons to the befuddlement of many consumers. We'd like to make your trip to the egg case a little simpler, so we've provided an infographic explaining the differences among three of the main laying hen housing systems used to produce eggs: conventional cage, cage-free aviary and enriched colony. We've also broken down the pros and cons of each housing system from a research study conducted by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply.

Are Mycotoxins Making Us Sick?


Mycotoxin - that's a pretty ominous-sounding word. And knowing that mycotoxins can be found in food makes it all the more foreboding. But despite its dark undertones, does that word really signal danger? Jae-Hyuk Yu, professor of bacteriology and genetics, says mycotoxins in your food shouldn't keep you up at night. 

Are We Being Poisoned By Glyphosate?


Glyphosate, also referred to as “Roundup,” used in agriculture to kill weeds, has been in the news lately. We wondered, what are the human health implications of glyphosate use on crops? Is glyphosate poisoning us? To find out more, we reached out to Jeff Graybill, MS, CCA, Agronomy Extension Education at Penn State University.

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