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Month: July 2018

Do Antibiotics in Meat Pose Risk to Our Guts?

Food Safety,Science | July 31, 2018

An op-ed in the New York Times over Labor Day weekend this year raised important questions: do antibiotics in meat pose a risk to our guts? And are we doing enough to curb their overuse? Before we delve into the… read more

Grilling Safely

Our Blog | July 31, 2018

It’s summer. The northern hemisphere is tilting towards the sun, the days are long, and everyone’s getting ready to barbecue. That’s great! As August’s heat and Labor Day nears, we remember the true reason we really love the summer. We… read more

Cyclospora at the 19th Hole

Cyclospora,Outbreaks & Recalls | July 31, 2018

Understandably and respectably, the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois, hosted an Independence Day celebration on July 3rd of this year. Over 900 people attended the celebration, but according to health officials, over 100 of those attendees later fell ill… read more

Legionnaires’ Disease Hits Illinois

Legionnaire's disease,Outbreaks & Recalls | July 31, 2018

Between June 7th and July 1 of this year several cases of Legionnaires’ disease were discovered in Illinois. McHenry County was the center of the illness and 9 people became ill in various locations of the county. With previous outbreaks… read more

A Loss of Life and Limb

Vibrio | July 30, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vibriosis causes an estimated 100 deaths and 80,000 illnesses every year in the United States of America. In just this week alone, we have seen two hazardous cases that have utterly… read more

The History of Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionella,Outbreaks & Recalls | July 30, 2018

Summer has arrived, and so has Legionnaires’ disease already this year with several outbreaks in the media, including one in Hawaii. Legionnaires’ disease is among those diseases that are only recently discovered and are growing rapidly in numbers. Since 2000,… read more

It’s Shark Week!

Food Safety | July 29, 2018

As we near the end of Shark Week, we at MakeFoodSafe took a moment to think about food and sharks. Shark is a food that many people around the world eat, but there is a delicacy that will make even… read more

Get Some Culture: A Guide to Culture Independent Diagnostic Tests vs Benefits of Culture

Food Policy,Outbreaks & Recalls,Science | July 29, 2018

Doctors and Epidemiologists share some common goals, but sometimes their perspectives diverge.  Doctors and Epidemiologist alike want to identify what is making patients sick so that they can receive the appropriate treatment.  Each would also like this answer as soon… read more

History Made – FDA Demands Recall Due to Salmonella

Food Policy,Food Safety,Salmonella | July 29, 2018

Food recalls have become a common trend that occurs throughout the year.  They can cause massive hysteria and send consumers into a state of panic.  Consumers expect a product they’ve purchased to be safe but oftentimes a product that has… read more

FDA and FSMA: An Update on Food Safety Procedures

Food Policy,Food Safety | July 28, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays an integral, comprehensive, and critical role in ensuring food safety at various and interchanging levels. Its regulations are the guidelines to which every state adheres and adapts to their own standards of operation… read more