Cooking & Food Safety

Smoothie fans, take note: The FDA now tests frozen berries for hepatitis A, norovirus
The FDA has begun testing frozen berries for hepatitis A and norovirus. The U.S. had four frozen-berry-related outbreaks between 1997 and 2016. Source: Smoothie fans, take note: The FDA now Read more
Micronutrients: Mercury
Mercury is considered the most toxic heavy metal in the environment and, according to the World Health Organization, one of the top 10 chemicals of public health concern. Source: Read more
Food safety: What’s lurking in rice? 
Marketplace commissioned lab tests on popular brands of rice cereals and snacks to test for levels of arsenic, a chemical that can be especially harmful for babies and children. We Read more
Cutting Boards: The Fundamental Tools for Food Prep
Wooden slabs have served as a cutting surface for food preparation since the prehistoric ages. Although their use hasn’t evolved much, the variety of materials used for cutting boards has Read more
How to Keep Food Poisoning at Bay
Following the recipe for food safety is a must anytime you’re in the kitchen, and it starts with clean hands, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Source: How to Keep Food Read more
Supermarket Items You Should Make Yourself
Avoid unnecessary fat, calories, sugar and preservatives by making your own versions of these items at home. Source: Supermarket Items You Should Make Read more
Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives: Generally Recognized as Safe – But is it?
The government classifies some additives as “Generally Recognized as Safe” or GRAS. They are presumed to be safe in food and are not required to undergo pre-market review and approval. Read more
Death-Cap Mushrooms Are Spreading Across North America
“There’s nothing in the taste that tells you what you are eating is about to kill you.” Source: Death-Cap Mushrooms Are Spreading Across North Read more
Arsenic and Lead Are in Your Fruit Juice: What You Need to Know
Consumer Reports’ testing has discovered concerning amounts of toxic heavy metals including arsenic and lead in fruit juice, and many of those juices marketed to children. Source: Read more
How do we know what we are eating, really? Find out 
Federal government scientists and regulators and food industry officials are scrambling to respond to emerging evidence that arsenic, a known human carcinogen, contaminates many otherwise Read more
EWG’s Tap Water Database: What’s in Your Drinking Water?
Look up your local water system to find out which pollutants might be of concern, and find suggestions on the best kinds of home filters to remove those chemicals. Source: EWG’s Tap Read more
Analysis | Why E. coli keeps getting into our lettuce
Consumers have grown to love convenience salads, from tubs of pre-washed baby spinach to bags of chopped romaine. There’s only one problem with these modern-day conveniences: They’re Read more