New reasons not to buy meat and poultry at the local grocery.

This is a rough month for carnivores and others who like eating safe meat. Two studies tested beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from groceries in six cities from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale. What they found was enough to make … Continue reading

USDA may find courage to outlaw bacteria in your burgers that sickens 30,000 a year.

One of President Obama’s first initiatives was to improve the safety of America’s food supply.  The Senate has yet to pass the much-touted Food Safety bill and consumer activists say the status-quo hasn’t changed in most food safety agencies. But recent actions by USDA’s new top food safety doc,  Elizabeth Hager, my be a sign that change can happen.   Photo from Obama Foodorams

Do you ever wonder why the beef industry and government warn consumers to “cook the life out of your burgers?” To understand what’s behind these words of caution we need to discuss some facts, acronyms, how the food poisoning, especially … Continue reading

Hunting season is here and so are renewed concerns about lead from bullets poisoning the meat from wild game.


Hunters and those who eat the meat from deer, elk and other large animals they shoot may find themselves at risk for memory problems and other brain and nerve functions. The reason is that lead from the bullets or shotgun … Continue reading

Autopsies searching for “Mad Cow” disease urged in the UK. U.S. regulators are doing little.


Medical examiners and coroners in the UK are being pushed to check for the infection which causes BSE or mad cow disease when they do autopsies. “There could be a significant, undetected problem that could be a much larger than … Continue reading

The sockeye are missing from the Pacific Coast’s most abundant salmon breeding river.

University of Washington photo

Only one out of ten of the expected bright-red sockeye salmon showed up at Canada’s Fraser River to spawn this summer. Some marine biologists attribute the deaths to the growing number of commercial fish farms that governments on both sides … Continue reading

Crime lab tools can identify mislabeled and smuggled seafood faster and easier and diners might get the fish they pay for.


Food scientists are taking a page out of the crime fighting handbook to figure out whether consumers and restaurants are actually getting the seafood they are paying for. A study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology demonstrates … Continue reading