The CDC has furloughed more than half its staff as a result of the federal shutdown. That worries states that depend on CDC funding and help, particularly as the flu season begins.
Hanging out with the goats, poultry, and cows can be the highlight of any trip to the local fair.
Yet fair animals can also spread certain diseases.
Hot summer temperatures and meals served outside can be a recipe for illness if outdoor chefs don’t follow a few basic guidelines to keep outside eating healthy and safe.
Eggs and summer go together: deviled eggs, homemade ice cream, and potato salad. But, just a few hours outside of the refrigerator and your eggs can create lasting memories that you’d rather forget. This summer, make sure that eggs carrying Salmonella don’t come to your next outing.
Seven Salmonella illnesses linked to exposure to hedgehogs, including one death, were reported to the Department of Health over the past year. The cases have come from King, Pierce, Thurston, Whitman, Clark, and Spokane counties
Washing fruits and vegetables before eating them reduces the risk of foodborne illness.
If fruits and veggies have a ridged or uneven skin, use a scrub brush to remove dirt from the grooves.
Remember, even produce with inedible skin should still be washed as a first step.
This week, get into the habit of washing all produce thoroughly before [...]
In 2012, a record 24,000 Snohomish County residents earned a food worker card through online training – versus nearly 5,000 who earned their cards in a classroom. The popularity of the online classes has led the Snohomish Health District to reduced its schedule of in-person food worker classes in English and Spanish effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Here are simple tips that all cooks in the kitchen can follow this holiday season for cooking a delicious and safely prepared turkey.
The outbreak was first linked to Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter, a Sunland product, which Trader Joe’s pulled from its shelves last week. According to the CDC, 30 people in 19 states have been infected with the outbreak strain Salmonella Bredeney, including 2 in Washington state.
Turtles and amphibians should be kept out of homes, childcare settings, schools, and other places where there are children under 5 years old. People who see small turtles for sale should not buy them, and should report such sales to the Department of Health, officials say.
When it comes to food safety, the general rule is, “If in doubt, throw it out.” Never taste suspicious food. It may look and smell fine, but bacteria that cause foodborne illness may be present and could make you sick.
Food safety for Thanksgiving goes beyond the proper preparation and cooking of turkey: cross-contamination and improper preparation and storage of other foods are other common causes of food-borne illnesses during the holiday season.
Food at fairs and other outdoor events may not have been properly cleaned, refrigerated or cooked: So take care.
Washington health officials to warn people not to eat alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts labeled “Evergreen Produce” or “Evergreen Produce, Inc.” The sprouts are linked to nine cases of Salmonella Enteritidis in Washington; cases have also been reported in Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
How to prevent food poisoning from ruining your summer cookout — Tips from the FDA