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Big Beef Wants to Stop Cell-cultured Meat

E. coli,Food Policy,Food Safety,Our Blog,Science | March 10, 2019

The National Cattleman’s Beef Association has released their list of priorities for 2019. According to a press release, they’re focusing on their efforts on a top priority that may be familiar to regular readers of this blog: stopping cell cultured… read more

Should You Go Nuts? Absolutely! Nuts are Good For You

Food Policy,Food Safety,Our Blog,Science | March 4, 2019

As I sit here at my desk awaiting what is sure to be a plethora of parents for parent teacher conferences, I munch on my favorite nuts: pistachios. Being a type 2 diabetic, I’m vigilant about what I eat. (Did… read more

Wormwood Tea the Cure for Parasites?

Food Safety,Our Blog,Pathogens,Science | February 20, 2019

Snail fever. Bilharzia. Schistosomiasis. In 2016, some 200 million people were afflicted; of those, less than half received treatment. Swollen, distended bellies are the telltale sign; the disease, which is caused by parasitic flatworms, still ravages children in the global… read more

UCLA’s Seafood Study

Food Safety,Our Blog,Science | February 15, 2019

Can you trust that your sushi is what it says it is? There’s quite a bit of fish out there posed as something else. A new article from a team of scientists at UCLA published on their seafood study in the… read more

Synthetic Cannabis and the Deadly Bleeding Outbreak

Food Safety,Our Blog,Science | January 27, 2019

After the Ebola epidemic swept through West Africa, many travelers were afraid of traveling to that region. The main symptom was excessive bleeding. And now with synthetic cannabis claiming lives with similar symptoms, U.S residents have grown fearful. The new… read more

Want to Lose Weight? Think About When You Eat.

Science | September 20, 2018

It’s not just the what; it’s also the when. That’s what nutritional scientists are learning as they continue to study the ways in which our diets are complicated by other variables. One trend that’s emerging, according to a recent write-up… read more

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? Are Antibiotics in Meat a concern?… 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

Keeping Us Safe – What’s Being Done in Food Safety Research

Food Safety,Science | April 8, 2018

I frequently see various memes on social media proclaiming the virtues of being a baby boomer, a generational term that includes me. These memes colorfully describe what it was like “all those years ago”, when we left the house in… read more

The World’s Smallest Data Recorder

E. coli,Science | April 8, 2018

In a groundbreaking study, researchers have converted a natural bacterial immune system into the world’s smallest microscopic data recorder. By using the bacterial CRISPR/Cas immune system to generate miniature living tape recorders, scientists have successfully opened a new path to… read more