Food Safety

From pesticides to antibiotics in meat, do you know what you're really eating? See what you need to know about food safety.


Raw flour has been shown to harbour nasty bacteria, even E. coli.

Despite what you've probably heard, oysters are safe to eat in months with the letter "r".

A new analysis of the actions portrayed on TV cooking shows finds that food personalities need to up their safety game.

A study identified a scary way that eating grilled food could damage your body, and it's really no fun at all.

The world's hottest pepper was once used to make grenades. Is something like that even safe to eat?

Is eating cold Chinese leftovers one of your guilty pleasures? It might sound alarmist, but rice that hasn't been reheated could inflict serious damage on your body.

If you've ever had food poisoning, you know it is decidedly unfun. And it turns out, there are many different kinds of foodborne disease that may not kill you, but you might prefer they did.

We may try to avoid the restaurant with the low health rating or eye the roadside barbeque stand with caution. But did you know you get food poisoning from vitamins, your own kitchen, or even sex?

It's not just about what tastes good or is tough to chew – some foods are harmless when cooked, but when eaten raw or improperly prepared can make you sick or even kill you.

The bacteria that cause food poisoning need to eat, too. Which packable foods provide happy breeding grounds outside the fridge, and which will last without going bad?

Overseas travelers might have noticed that different people handle eggs differently. What gives? And why aren't those other people all getting salmonella poisoning?

Like your meat dark and smoky? Here's what you should know about the carcinogens in those overly well-done steaks and sides.

Don't be too quick to toss that green, fuzzy food -- a small spot of mold doesn't always make the entire piece of food unsafe.

Aspartame, a common ingredient in many diet drinks, gets blamed for dozens of diseases and conditions. A widely circulated e-mail connects aspartame with multiple sclerosis. Is it time to toss the diet soda for good?

Researchers cry foul — and not for its taste. How much black licorice does it take to put your health at risk?

Injections to boost dairy cows' production carry repercussions for the cows. Do they affect human health, too? Should we worry about the extra estrogen?

Remember the shutdown on the Georgia peanut factory for salmonella poisoning back in 2009? Some food recalls make the headlines, but most pass unnoticed. Who decides when a product needs to be recalled? And does it happen too often or not enough?

Just when you thought it might be safe to turn on your faucet. Learn more about how much poop is in your drinking water.

These two cookware materials have generated some worry. Learn more about avoiding aluminum and teflon cookware.

Next time you head to your local grocery store, take a look around. You can't make it five feet without seeing a product advertised as "all natural" or containing "multigrain goodness!" But does that make it better for you?

Organic food -- once a specialty item sold in specialty stores to either the rich or the granola crowd -- is now commonplace. But how do you know what you're buying, and what's the difference between "organic" and "pesticide-free"?

Food contamination isn't limited to improperly cooked meat or raw eggs. Learn why your salad could be dangerous too.

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