Tag Archives: Health Concerns

Food-Safety Experts Say Avoid Romaine Lettuce If You’re Not Into E. Coli

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Feds are trying to get to the bottom of a dangerous E. coli outbreak spreading across the U.S. and Canada that seems tied to romaine lettuce, and food-safety experts say that until they do, it’s probably smart to just stop eating it. According to the CDC, five …

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L.A. Health Officials Are Investigating an Outbreak at Another Chipotle

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Officials in Los Angeles say a foodborne-illness outbreak may have struck one of their Chipotles. Business Insider reported a few hours ago that the L.A. Health Department’s Acute Communicable Disease Control unit is investigating reports of sick customers who ate at the chain’s location at 4550 West Pico Boulevard. …

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Why There Might Be Plastic in Your Mussels

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Congratulations, earthlings: We’ve polluted the planet’s waters so thoroughly that now even super-remote Arctic mussels subsist on a microplastic-laden diet. The sea up there, which most scientists still consider ecologically “pristine,” is apparently teeming with more than its fair share of the ocean’s estimated 165 million tons of …

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President Trump Reportedly Drinks 12 Diet Cokes Per Day

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If reading about President Trump’s four-sandwich McDonald’s meal vicariously put you in a food coma, the following may require a trigger warning: His Mickey D’s feast — eaten Atkins-style without buns, apparently, but still washed down with a chocolate shake — is unhealthy, but clearly also occasional. Here’s …

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Big Food Is Removing Salt and Sugar From Products — But They Aren’t Getting Healthier

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This is going to sound so unlike the global food conglomerates, but it seems they’ve found a way to produce ostensibly “healthier” products that aren’t actually any better for you. The trend for years has been reformulating packaged foods so that they appeal to the modern woke consumer — …

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Exciting New Study Claims Cheese May Do Wonders for Your Heart

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You’ll continue inhaling fatty fromage no matter how science feels about it, but Chinese researchers are at least giving a peer-reviewed defense. New findings suggest that the calcium-rich dairy product might help improve heart health. They claim that a daily serving of 40 grams — a matchbox-size portion …

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63 Percent of New York Restaurants Have Been Cited for Rodent Infestations

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New Yorkers with a rat phobia: Hope your most recent restaurant meal was absolutely delicious, because it might be your last. For his data blog Urban_Calc, New York software engineer Thatcher Clay nosed around NYC Open Data’s restaurant inspections sheet and published his findings in a post this …

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Listeria Outbreak Forces American Airlines to Cancel Food Service on Some Flights

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American Airlines has stopped serving food to passengers on Los Angeles flights after listeria turned up in its caterer’s kitchen. “Out of an abundance of caution,” and probably to ensure that passengers’ worst food complaints involve the blandness of Biscoff cookies, the company says it’s suspended catering from its …

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FDA Killjoys Warn You Can ‘Overdose’ on Black Licorice

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Guess the FDA is dressing up as a party pooper again this year. Like it does practically every end of October, the agency has issued a last-minute reminder about Halloween’s inherent food dangers. For 2017, it warns that, yes, “you really can overdose on candy,” if your …

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These Are the Restaurant Chains to Skip If You Don’t Want to Eat Meat With Antibiotics

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Consumers Union has released its third annual “Chain Reaction” report on the use of antibiotics by America’s top restaurant chains, and not that anyone was expecting to be blown away, but the verdict’s a little bit of a downer for people who weren’t rooting for the multidrug-resistant

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Instagram-Famous Raw-Cookie-Dough Shop Sued for Allegedly Making People Sick

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Maybe it’s not so “worry free” after all. Dō — Greenwich Village’s jam-packed shop that peddles raw cookie dough — has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit arguing that its Über-Instagrammed sweets are causing food-borne illnesses. This is unfortunate in a “Death Wish Coffee might actually cause …

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No One Liked All-Natural Trix, So General Mills Is Bringing Back the ‘Classic’ Kind

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The tide may be turning against General Mills in its war on good old-fashioned cereal. Two years ago, the company announced that it was removing artificial ingredients from all of its cereals by the end of 2017. Among the first beneficiaries (or victims, depending on your cereal politics) …

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Death Wish Coffee Is Recalling Bottles Over an Actual Risk of Death

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Turns out, a name like “Death Wish” can really backfire under certain circumstances: The “world’s strongest” coffee that notoriously markets its blend of joe as risky enough to require a warning label has had to recall bottles of its Nitro Cold Brew from stores because there’s a chance …

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Researchers Are Now Finding ‘Shocking Numbers’ of Microfibers in Shellfish

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Canadian marine biologists have given seafood lovers yet another reminder that those $2 happy-hour oysters probably include microplastics as a bonus accoutrement, whether you requested them or not. A Vancouver Island University team studying shellfish in the Pacific Northwest spent the last year doing a “crime lab”–level …

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A Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Is Plaguing Mexican Papayas

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Federal health officials now say they’ve linked four salmonella outbreaks in recent months to papayas imported from Mexico, suggesting maybe it’s time to cool it on end-of-summer tropical-fruit salads. So far, at least 215 people have gotten sick in 26 different states — cases were originally concentrated in …

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McDonald’s Finally Gets Serious About Serving Antibiotic-Free Beef

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Experts warn that antibiotic-free beef probably isn’t in fast food’s immediate future, but Mickey D’s says it’s “working on” a plan to figure out how it can be done. The chain announced yesterday that it’s removing antibiotics from all its chicken worldwide (only America’s gets that treatment

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Malcolm Gladwell Takes Surprising Stance Against McDonald’s Beloved French Fries

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Malcolm Gladwell’s latest contrarian position could go over worse than the time he defended Lance Armstrong’s doping: McDonald’s fries suck, he declares on the latest episode of his Revisionist History podcast.

Before you rush out and declare him un-American, though, realize he means well. Gladwell opens the podcast …

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Poop Bacteria Detected in Ice at European Branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC

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Fecal coliforms: That’s the secret ingredient in the biggest fast-food chains’ iced drinks. An investigation by the BBC consumer series Watchdog found that United Kingdom locations of Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s all serve ice contaminated by the bacteria. Out of ten samples tested at each of the three …

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Chipotle Reopens Restaurant Where People Got Violently Ill

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Chipotle says it’s already reopened the Virginia restaurant that yesterday became an embarrassing source of food-safety déjà vu for the chain. Local health authorities are still fielding complaints from customers who ate there — per the latest report, the count’s up to 40 people so far. But Chipotle …

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Chipotle Has Reopened That Restaurant Where People Got Violently Ill

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Chipotle says it’s already reopened the Virginia restaurant that yesterday became an embarrassing source of food-safety déjà vu for the chain. Local health authorities are still fielding complaints from customers who ate there — per the latest report, the count’s now up to 40 people. But Chipotle continues …

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Chipotle Closed a Restaurant After Yet Another Food-Safety Incident

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Whatever kind of Tuesday executives at Chipotle expected to have, this sure wasn’t this: A franchise in Sterling, Virginia, closed this morning after multiple reports of customers eating at the restaurant, then falling violently ill. Their complaints, which were posted to the food-safety crowdsourcing website iwaspoisoned.com, describe symptoms …

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America’s Top Public-Health Official Has Shady Ties to Coca-Cola

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The nation’s primary authority on public health — the CDC — has a new Trump-appointed boss, and lo and behold, she’s a big fan of letting Big Soda pay for anti-obesity initiatives. Prior to landing this new gig, Brenda Fitzgerald worked as an OB/GYN, as Newt Gingrich’s health adviser, …

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$100 Million Study Will Determine Once and for All If Alcohol Is Healthy

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With so much confusion today about alcohol’s health effects, people who enjoy themselves a tipple or two really need to know the risks. (C’mon, it can’t prevent heart disease and cause seven kinds of cancer, right?) Past research does in fact link moderate consumption of alcohol to several …

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There May Be a Little Poop in Your Starbucks Iced Coffee

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The ice at Starbucks — it makes your summer beverage so refreshing, and also might contain a tiny bit of feces. The BBC’s consumer series Watchdog ran some tests on the ice used in several coffee chains’ cold drinks, and fecal coliforms turned up in everybody’s, unfortunately. According to …

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Club Drugs May Be Inside Your ‘100% Natural’ Chicken

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Your all-natural breast fillets might be coming from a bird that secretly clubbed all night to EDM. According to a new lawsuit filed by consumer-advocacy groups, ketamine is one of several “other pharmaceuticals” that recently turned up in USDA tests of Sanderson Farms’ supposedly “100% Natural” chicken. Three consumer groups — …

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