Archive: Food Safety

No More Excuses for Harboring 'Meat Cake'

I wonder what the late comedian George Carlin would think of Still Tasty, a new Web site focused on the shelf life of food. It was in the late 1970s when Carlin coined the expression “meat cake” for those unidentifiable objects left to rot in the fridge. The famous bit can be viewed, below (beginning at :57, 'til 2:17): Fridge neglect is something we’re all guilty of to varying degrees, and it inevitably leaves us in this strange state of panic and guilt, as perfectly good food decays and morphs into science projects and our money literally goes down the garbage disposal. We angst over past-due expiration dates on yogurt containers and we wonder just how long that carry-out container of Asian noodles will last. (Kim O'Donnel) Before February, when Still Tasty launched, there was nary one Web destination for all those nagging food storage/safety conundrums. Home cooks were forced...


By Kim ODonnel | April 29, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

PB-Salmonella Sandwich Update #3

* The latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): As of Feb. 17, there are 642 confirmed cases of Salmonella infection from contaminated peanut butter, with nine related deaths. * Last week, Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) President Stewart Parnell, who was subpoenaed to appear at a congressional hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, refused to answer questions, pleading his Fifth Amendment rights. Sketch columnist Dana Milbank shares his perspective on Mister (Tainted) Peanut. * There are now 2,368 products on the U.S. and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall list. Says the agency: “The large number of products and brands recalled already, and the large quantities of some products recalled, makes this one of the largest food recalls ever in the United States.” * Readers are asking: Is jarred peanut butter from other major manufacturers safe to eat? Says food safety attorney Bill Marler,...


By Kim ODonnel | February 18, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

PB-Salmonella Sandwich Update

There have been several developments in the nationwide outbreak of salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. Here's the latest since last week's update in this space. As of Friday, Jan. 30, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the count for salmonella-related illnesses from peanut butter contamination now stands at 529 (an increase of 28 people since Jan. 25). The number of related deaths remains the same, at eight. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is pursuing, in concert with the Department of Justice (DOJ), a criminal investigation of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), the company responsible for the contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste. The investigation comes on the heels of the discovery that PCA knowingly sold and shipped peanut butter and paste to food manufacturers in 2007 and 2008. On Feb. 11, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) will hold a Energy and Commerce Committee...


By Kim ODonnel | February 2, 2009; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (4)


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