FDA asks pet owners to check for tainted jerky treats possibly causing animal sickness

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is asking pet owners to help them pinpoint why thousands of animals were getting sick from eating jerky treats, mainly manufactured in China.

The agency has spent years trying to find out why 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. were sickened by different brands of the [...]

Skin Infection Spreading Though NYC Seafood Markets

A rare skin infection is spreading through New York City seafood markets, health officials said today.

The infection, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium marinum, causes red, painful lumps under the skin, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“If the infection is deep enough, surgery may be needed,” the department said [...]

Multiple sclerosis ‘linked to food bug’

A food poisoning bacterium may be implicated in MS, say US researchers.

Lab tests in mice by the team from Weill Cornell Medical College revealed a toxin made by a rare strain of Clostridium perfringens caused MS-like damage in the brain.

And earlier work by the same team, published in PLoS ONE, identified the [...]

A Heart Surgeon’s Viral Confession: Natural Food Is the Answer

Around 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined “Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness,” was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media with phenomenal force.

In the essay, Lundell describes [...]

New treatment helped kids with peanut allergies safely eat some of the nuts

LONDON — An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 per cent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

Although experts say the results of the carefully monitored study are encouraging, they warn it isn’t something that parents should try [...]

Your Oysters Are Impostors—Expensive, Slurpable Frauds

The first time it happened, the call came from oyster grower Bren Smith’s mom. She was ecstatic to see his Thimble Island oysters for sale at a local market in Newport, R.I.

The problem? His Long Island, N.Y.–based farm wasn’t selling to anyone in Rhode Island at the time. Nor was his distributor.

Soon he [...]

Most chicken sold in stores is contaminated, Consumer Reports says

A report released Thursday indicates that just about all chicken sold in U.S. stores contains harmful bacteria, and nearly half are tainted with a so-called superbug that’s resistant to antibiotics.

The Consumer Reports study, its most comprehensive to date on poultry, tested raw chicken breasts purchased at retail outlets nationwide for six bacteria, then checked [...]

Richmond supplier to Trader Joe’s recalls products in E. coli outbreak

RICHMOND — More than 90 tons of prepackaged salads and sandwiches were recalled by a Richmond catering company because a bacterial strain of E. coli has been linked to its products, federal health officials announced Sunday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Glass Onion Catering recalled approximately 181,620 pounds of [...]

China halts import of New Zealand milk powder because of botulism bacteria

CNN) — China has halted imports of some New Zealand milk powders after a company disclosed that three batches of an ingredient used in sports drinks and baby formula tested positive for a strain of bacteria that causes botulism.

The New Zealand-based Fonterra Group said Saturday that three batches of its whey protein tested positive [...]

46-Year-Old Chicken Feet Sold In China Make Us Want To Be Vegetarian

We apologise if you’re eating, because what we are about to tell you is disgusting. Dis-gust-ing.

An underground network has been busted for smuggling old chicken feet, some of which are 46 years past their sell-by date, to be sold in markets in Guangxi, China. *shudders*

According to The Telegraph, the Vietnamese smuggling ring was [...]