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Salmonella is an enteric pathogen that causes quite a lot of foodborne illness. I learned there were several species of Salmonella bacteria of which the cause of typhoid fever was called Salmonella typi. Spread via food and water it used to kill a lot of people in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nowadays all…

Regular readers know I don’t have strong feelings about nutritional supplements and herbal medicine, unlike some of my medical blogger colleagues. I don’t recommend or use them but for the most part it’s not a subject that really gets me going, probably because I don’t know enough about abuses. A lot of regular medical practice…

Honey, I shrunk the tariff!

Everybody (including us) is talking about people crossing US borders illegally, but lots of things cross borders (pollution, wildlife, pathogens). Services cross borders whenever we reach a call center in Bangladore and of course so do commodities. Commodities like foodstuffs or medicines or toys may or may not be subject to regulations for safety and…

Dispassionate kisses

Self medicating for mood disorders is well known. It is often quite harmful, with the chief culprits being ethyl alcohol and nicotine. But there are others. One that comes up often is chocolate as an antidote to feelings of depression. Not everyone who eats chocolate is depressed, of course. Probably most of us who do…

It would be surprising if failure to fund local public health and neutering regulation would result in a decrease in foodborne illness. Alas, there is nothing surprising about CDC’s latest report on incidence of foodborne illness in the US. They put the best face on it they could, pointing to a decrease in E. coli…

Taking kosher Coke on faith

We are now through with two major religious holidays, Easter and Passover. I dislike both holidays, Easter because it is soaked in images of cruelty and mythology, Passover because it is a nationalistic orgy. Now that I’ve offended half my readership, let me say something positive about something I once thought pretty silly: a version…

The monster in the rawbar

If you eat raw shellfish you are asking for trouble. I know, I know. There are people who love rawbars and think nothing is better than letting a raw oyster slide down their gullet. The FDA is warning consumers and retailers nationwide, though, that they might love nothing less that what could happen if they…

Wake up and smell the coffee

I’m a coffee drinker. I’m not finicky about grind or bean or method of preparation, although I guess I have some preferences. There is one thing that coffee has to have for me, though, and that it’s strong. Very, very strong. The spoon has to stand up in the cup by itself. My usual cup…

Salmonella, food safety and potato chips

When last we visited the US food safety system during the Bush administration it was busy serving up peanut butter with a side of Salmonella. That one caused over 4 thousand product recalls, 700 Salmonella cases and at least 9 deaths. Now it’s Salmonella serovar Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), a common flavor enhancer…

BPA cardiovascular findings replicated

It’s been over a year since we discussed the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article on bisphenol-A (BPA), a high volume chemical used in plastic components of food and drinks packaging and found in 90% of all Americans screened for the chemical. It is also a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system, a…