Food Safety

1:19am

Wed May 1, 2013
The Salt

Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Turn Up Again In Turkey Meat

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:29 pm

A truckload of live turkeys arrives at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., in 2011. Most turkeys in the U.S. are regularly given low doses of antibiotics.
Danny Johnston AP

Consumer groups are stepping up pressure on animal producers and their practice of giving antibiotics to healthy animals to prevent disease. In two new reports, the groups say they're worried that the preventive use of antibiotics is contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which get harder to treat in humans and animals over time.

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12:13pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Planet Money

Nervous Parents In One Country Clear Supermarket Shelves In Another

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:47 pm

A sign limiting the purchase of baby formula powder hangs on a shelf in a London supermarket April 10.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Liyan Chen, a grad student in New York, was chatting online recently with her cousin in China.

"He said, 'I want Abbott milk powder,' " Chen told me. " 'I want you to buy it and ship it back.' "

Her cousin wanted her to buy three boxes of Abbott baby formula, sold under the brand name Similac, and ship it to him in China. She did some research and found out the shipping alone could cost $80. "They're not from a very well-off family, and that really surprised me," she said — especially because they can buy Abbott baby formula in stores in China.

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5:04pm

Wed April 17, 2013
The Salt

In Meat Tests, More Data Tying Human Illness To Farm Antibiotics

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:26 pm

Are the antibiotics the livestock industry uses on animals responsible for antibiotic-resistant infections in people? Bacteria are notoriously hard to follow from farm to fork, but more pieces of the puzzle are coming together that suggest the answer is yes.

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9:40am

Mon April 15, 2013
The Salt

First, You Growl: When Your Dog's Food Is Recalled For Salmonella

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 11:43 am

Salmonella and other pathogens can be in pet food, not just people food.
iStockphoto.com

Ashley Chaifetz is getting a Ph.D. in food safety policy, so you'd figure she knows a thing or two about keeping bad microbes out of her house.

So she was more than a little surprised when she got an email from her online pet food purveyor, saying that they'd sold her dry dog food that might be contaminated with salmonella.

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12:45pm

Fri April 12, 2013
The Salt

Bands Aren't The Only Things That Incubate At Music Festivals

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 6:04 pm

Customers line up for an ice cream van at the 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival in southwest England.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Coachella, the massive outdoor music festival that kicks off this weekend in Indio, Calif., has become an "incubator" not just for new bands, but for rising food entrepreneurs, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News earlier this week.

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