I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. How about when that spoonful of ice cream or big draw of a shake through the straw ends with the feeling of a knife stabbing the brain. Brain freeze. Aka cranial cramp, ice cream headache or cold rush. It is a recognized medical condition referred… Continue reading Brain Freeze – Can there be any good that can come of that?
Over the course of several decades, it has been proven by researchers from hygiene authorities that wet hands are more capable of transferring bacteria than hands that are dry. The reason being is that existing moisture allows for bacteria and viruses to transfer to food, objects and solid surfaces through touch. However, leaving the… Continue reading Does It Matter How We Dry Our Hands? Indeed It does!
Researchers have taken the next step in active packaging by developing a plastic film made with bacteria killing polymers, or numerous molecules all strung together. A method in which researchers have proven to be an effective approach in the fight against biofilms. Biofilms—a thin, slimy film of bacteria that can stick to a surface—increase… Continue reading Researchers Develop “Rechargeable” Plastic Film to Battle Biofilms
Since the 1980s when the milk industry saw a decline in sales, they began campaigning with the slogan “Milk Does a Body Good” before evolving into “Got Milk?” But though the campaign promoted the health benefits, in today’s world consumers have a say in choosing if they want raw milk from a farm. Raw milk… Continue reading What Does It Mean When Milk is Pasteurized?
In the last decade or so, petting zoos have been a major source for disease-causing bacteria including E. coli. However, the spread of the disease could be prevented if proper handwashing was practiced. In 2004, a 13-year-old girl named Katie Maness was taken to a State Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina. Katie and her… Continue reading Can Proper Handwashing Protect Children at Petting Zoos?
As the popularity of modern food trends continue to grow, so does the many food safety concerns associated with them; forcing food safety specialists to stay on their toes in the likelihood of an outbreak. Some of the most talked about food trends today involve some very controversial methods that have caused consumers to fall ill… Continue reading Modern Food Trends: Innovative or a Safety Concern?
The low-fat 1% chocolate milk including the low-fat flavored milks are making a comeback in schools and are now being reintroduced through the National School Lunch program, School Breakfast program and Smart Snacks. Due in part to educators who have come to the idea that the health benefits of low-fat 1% chocolate milk, and the… Continue reading Chocolate Milk Making a Comeback?
From organic based to the blue box brand, mac and cheese is the go-to snack for most American consumers. But though America’s favorite processed cheese food is what every family serves, the food also serves up a hefty amount of phthalates. Phthalates are a class of chemicals that are considered to interfere with the body’s… Continue reading Is Our Go-To Mac and Cheese Snack Unusually Toxic?
A small BBC investigation team discovered that iced coffee products from several coffee chains including Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee and even Starbucks were contaminated with a bacteria called fecal coliform. So, what is fecal coliform? No, it’s not fecal matter. “It’s a large group of bacteria that can be found in feces,” said Ben… Continue reading What Is Fecal Coliform and Why Is It in My Coffee?
It’s no secret that household kitchen sponges play a key role in cross-contamination and harbor bacteria, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli during food preparation, increasing one’s risk for infection. However, not all sponges handle foreign contaminates the same. In this study, it was found that chlorine levels were reduced by 24% after 30 minutes… Continue reading Does Using the Right Type of Sponge Reduce the Risk of Infection? Yes, It Does!