Safety And Health

Hundreds of thousands of Americans alone are sickened every year by their food, and some even die. Thousands more are hurt by knives, wire brush bristles stuck to meat, burns and other hazards around the grill. Here's an overview of the hazards and how to reduce the risk. And here's a shocker: Far more people are sickened by bacteria on raw veggies and salads than by meat. Why? Cooking kills. Raw anything is vastly more risky.

"I consider sprouts to be among the most risky foods sold at retail"

Mike Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia
Headline from the Guardian newspaper about the healthfulness of processed meat
The World Health Organization (WHO) report on the healthfulness of processed meat is problematic and media coverage has sensationalized and oversimplified the facts, sending a very misleading message. read more
raw sprouts pose a health risk
Healthy food advocates often recommend eating fresh, raw foods, but raw food can pose a health risk. In fact, raw sprouts are the riskiest food in the world. Here's why. read more
cold smoked salmon may seem like a healthy choice but can be risky
Cold smoking sausage and fish is risky and can kill you. Here are the risks and why you should not try it at home. Bottom line: holding foods in the "danger zone" of 40ºF to 140ºF allows pathogens to multiply if not carefully controlled. Food cooked to above 140ºF internal temperature is simply safer to eat. read more
Hamburgers grilled over direct flame
Are you concerned about the healthfulness of grilling? This article answers the question "Is there a cancer risk in grilling meat?" Find out all about HCAs, PAHs, and the general health aspects of consuming smoked and grilled food. read more
detail of E. coli bacteria under a microscope
Check out these useful tips on how to prevent food poisoning and how to handle knives safely. Learn all about bacteria, viruses, food safety, proper food handling, safe cooking temperatures, pasteurization, sterilization, and best practices for general safety when using a grill, smoker, and oven. read more
1949 image of Parkay margarine ad juxtaposed with 2014 Time cover image of butter
The world is full of conflicting advice about food, nutrition, and dietary recommendations. Doctors, nutritionists, government organizations, and consumer watchdog groups can't seem to agree on a single course of action for people who want to eat healthfully. Here's how to make sense of it all. read more
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Get the facts about corn syrup and health. There are many types of corn syrups and they have been the subject of much debate in discussions of food and health. Here is the truth. read more

Sprouts have been identified as potentially dangerous

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