FDA officials have not yet determined how eggs from two Iowa egg farms became contaminated with salmonella. CNN Radio’s Jim Roope talks with Dr. Nancy Reimers, a poultry veterinarian and “eggs-pert,” about how the hard-shelled orb could become contaminated.
"It’s very rare," said Reimers.
There are three ways an egg could be contaminated. One is if the egg is not properly washed. A second, is through tiny pores in the egg shell.
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Chef Russell Moore spent 20 years at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, under the guardianship of locavore pioneer, Alice Waters, before carrying over that same locally-focused mindset to his own restaurant, Camino, in Oakland, California. Here, the menu changes nightly depending on whatever the day's seasonal bounty entails.
From the beginning of his cooking career, Moore has maintained the ethos of using every part of the sourced ingredient - from whole hog to whole pod. As the old adage goes, "waste not, want not."
Five Cooking Leftovers Not to Throw Away: Russell Moore
Hungry? You won't be after you hear this.
The massive, nationwide egg recall is only one reason to question the safety of our food supply.
550 million eggs have been recalled in 22 states... and the government says the related salmonella outbreak has made about 1,300 people sick.
Still hungry? There's also a nationwide meat recall.
Zemco industries in Buffalo, New York has recalled about 380,000 pounds of deli meat – which was distributed to Walmarts across the country. The meat may be contaminated with listeria – which can potentially kill you.
In the wake of an outbreak that has left an estimated 1,300 people sick with salmonella infections, and the recall of more than half a billion eggs, a debate is brewing over whether modern farming methods pose a health risk.
According to the United Egg Producers, about 95 percent of all chickens are raised in an industrial setting. These chickens are confined in small cages, in closely monitored conditions, with tens of thousands of birds in a huge warehouse.
Are free-roaming chickens less prone to salmonella? Is organic safer than inorganic? Did the strain that caused the recent outbreak arise because of factory farms?
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There was a disturbance in the Force this morning. We felt it deep within our souls, but could not identify the cause until our boss, a woman comprised of 67% bacon and 23% really good beer, sent us this link in an e-mail with the subject line, "BACON PRICES INCREASE!"
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Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website.
The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.
"Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease," according to the USDA. "Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
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While you're frying up some
Consider today as a simple act of piety - it's National Peach Pie Day.
Make sure the last of summer's stone fruit bounty sees a sweet ending - pair a perfectly golden, buttery and flaky crust with a just peachy filling. It's easy as pie with a little guidance.
Why not go ahead and make the celebration à la mode? Top fresh-out-the-oven peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. As they say, "live free or pie hard."
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Here's the straight poop on how salmonella gets on and into eggs. You may first want to put down anything you're eating.
Salmonella enteritidis, at the center of the outbreak, is a bacterium - a microscopic, rod-shaped, living creature - that can exist either within or on the surface of a shell egg. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) it can be transmitted to the outside of the egg as it travels through feces on the chicken's cloaca - the posterior chamber through which solid waste, urine and eggs pass.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that while this was historically the primary cause of eggborne contamination, "stringent procedures for cleaning and inspecting eggs were implemented in the 1970s and have made salmonellosis caused by external fecal contamination of egg shells extremely rare."