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Food Expiration Dates - Eliminating Confusion

11/9/2013

Looking for ways to eliminate food waste and increase food safety? Check out this handy Expiration Date graphic!

True? Or Not? "Food from organic and free-range farm animals is safer than animals raised in modern confinement buildings."

The popularity of organic and other niche-market products has increased in recent years primarily boosted by consumer perceptions that they are healthier and of higher quality. There is limited scientific data to support or refute the safety of such products.

Studies have found that pathogen prevalence is actually higher in niche market/ free range antibiotic-free farm animal production systems compared to conventional confinement operations.

Does Halloween Candy Expire?

10/30/2013

Many moms and dads will check their child’s Halloween candy to be sure it’s safe to eat. But how long will that candy last? Best Food Facts reached out to Fadi Aramouni, PhD, professor of food science, Kansas State University, about the shelf life of candy and guidance on how much candy we should really eat.

True? Or Not? "Regular use of antibiotics in healthy cows, pigs and chickens has led to increased antibiotic resistance in humans eating meat products."

Are antibiotics in livestock to blame for increased antibiotic resistance in humans?

True? Or Not? "Food grown and produced in the U.S. is as safe or safer than food grown outside the U.S."

With the increasing number of recalls in the news, many Americans are wondering if their food is safe. There is still a lot of room for improvement but overall, the U.S. food safety system works as well or better than most countries.

Foods produced and processed in the most industrially developed countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and the European Union (EU) are similar in quality and safety, but food from developing nations varies widely.

 

True? Or Not? "Meat from grass-fed cattle is safer than meat from cattle that are fed corn."

Experts conclude that there is no greater level of meat safety from cattle fed grass versus those fed corn.

Are There Growth Hormones in Milk?

10/16/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader comment asking which brands of milk contain growth hormones. To answer this question, we reached out to Dr. Ann Macrina, Research/Teaching Associate at Penn State University. Dr. Macrina previously answered questions about hormones in milk.

Should I Be Concerned about Salmonella in Chicken?

10/9/2013

The U.S Department of Agriculture recently issued a public health alert, saying it has linked some raw chicken products produced in California to a salmonella outbreak. We went to Dr. Scott Hurd, DVM, Associate Professor and Director of the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Lab at Iowa State University and a former USDA Deputy Undersecretary, for insight.

What Food Safety Guidelines Should I Follow When Cooking Chicken?

10/7/2013

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reminds consumers of the critical importance of following package cooking instructions for frozen or fresh chicken products and general food safety guidelines when handling and preparing any raw meat or poultry. All poultry products should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165° F as determined by a food thermometer. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know that food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria.

What is the Paleo Diet? Is it Safe?

10/4/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question about the Paleo diet - what is it, and is it safe? We asked Best Food Facts nutrition advisor, Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, about the diet and if it is safe for otherwise healthy adults.

Are School Lunch Bags Bacteria Magnets?

10/3/2013

A simple rule of thumb for keeping food safe is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. But what about school lunches in backpacks and lockers? Registered Dietitian and nutrition expert, Carolyn O'Neil, provides clarity on ensuring school lunch bags don't become hot spots for bacteria.

Is Tilapia Safe to Eat?

9/24/2013

Recently, Best Food Facts received a reader question asking, "Is tilapia safe to eat? I've heard that it's often farm raised in countries where there are no guidelines, and they are essentially raised in waste and pumped full of antibiotics."

To answer this question and learn more about tilapia, we reached out to Kevin Fitzsimmons, PhD, Professor, Extension Specialist & Research Scientist at the University of Arizona

Are Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Better than Canned or Frozen Produce?

9/16/2013

While fresh foods are always a treat for the senses, be careful to avoid making the assumption that that in-season produce is more “fresh” and therefore nutritionally superior to fruits and vegetables that are canned or frozen.

Why are Chemicals Used in Poultry Processing?

9/13/2013

We know chemicals are used in food processing, including poultry. What does it mean for the safety of our food? 

Eat Better for Life Packing Healthy School Lunches

How do you pack a healthy school lunch for picky eaters of all ages? Registered Dietitian Carolyn O'Neil makes recommendations based on kids' individual personalities and interests, and reminds us to pay attention to how the social aspects of lunchtime can play into what boys and girls are willing to eat!

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