Yogurt Container Bulge

Every few years there are warnings about sprouts, after one of the periodic outbreaks of illness caused by them. The most recent outbreak, a few months ago...

Brown Lettuce

Q: Is it safe to eat the edges of lettuce leaves that have turned brown? A: Yes. It’s not a health issue and does not indicate a loss...

Quorn: A Fungus Among Us

If you shop for meat substitutes, you may have noticed something in the freezer section called Quorn (pronounced “kworn”). It’s the brand name for food products made...

Hardboiled Eggs

: You have advised discarding hardboiled eggs after one week. Why? A: That’s the advice of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Egg Board....

Sous Vide

Q: Is sous vide cooking safe? A: This slow-cook method, which uses relatively low temperatures, is risky, except when done by professional chefs trained to do it. Sous...

Two Preservatives to Avoid?

Pick up a bag of chips, a bottle of vegetable oil, a package of sausage or a box of cereal or cookies and chances are you’ll find...

rBST: A Milk Hormone Gone Sour?

Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) is a genetically engineered growth hormone, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the early 1990s for use in dairy cows....

When Eggs Become Unsafe

It’s hardly surprising these days when news breaks that yet another food has sickened people across the country. Sometimes, it's eggs. More than 1,600 cases of Salmonella enteritidis...

Rusty Water

Q: What causes rusty water, and is it safe to drink? A: Rust is oxidized iron. It can originate anywhere from a water main to your own plumbing....

Fish Advice for Moms and Others

The government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults eat about 8 ounces of fish (or shellfish) a week for the “total package of nutrients” it provides....
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