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Salmonella alert: Don't eat pistachios

Salmonella alert: Don't eat pistachios

Oh nuts! Just when you thought it was safe to eat peanut butter again (the stuff in jars is fine but be wary of baked goods that contain it), the feds are warning consumers to avoid pistachios.

March 31, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Three Mile Island three decades later

Three Mile Island three decades later

It will be exactly 30 years tomorrow since the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred on a three-mile (five kilometer) slip of land in the Susquehanna River in the shadow of Harrisburg, Pa.

March 27, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Actress Natasha Richardson dies after ski accident

Actress Natasha Richardson dies after ski accident

Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson died today after a fall yesterday at a Quebec ski resort, according to a family statement. No cause of death was given, but it has been widely reported that the seemingly minor tumble led to bleeding in the brain.

March 18, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Obama names FDA chief, announces new food safety panel

Obama names FDA chief, announces new food safety panel

President Barack Obama today tapped former New York City Public Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, 54, to head the embattled U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and announced creation of a new panel to examine and update food safety laws in the wake of an outbreak of salmonella that sickened hundreds.  Obama announced the moves during his weekly radio address in which he blamed a lack of food inspections and antiquated laws and regs for creating a "demoralized" FDA as well as conditions ripe for a string of food-borne infections over the past few years, including the recent salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter and paste churned out at a contaminated Georgia plant.

March 14, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Tainted peanut butter co. declares bankruptcy

Tainted peanut butter co. declares bankruptcy

The company responsible for the nation's salmonella outbreak that has sickened some 600 people and may have led to the deaths of eight others today declared bankruptcy.

February 13, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Obama scuttles Bush offshore drilling plan

Obama scuttles Bush offshore drilling plan

The Obama administration today shelved a Bush administration plan to allow drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, delaying a final decision on the controversial policy for at least six months to give states, enviros and others time to weigh in on it.

February 10, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Senate legislation would hike NIH funding by $6.5 billion

Senate legislation would hike NIH funding by $6.5 billion

The Senate this week okayed an amendment to the massive stimulus package to fork over an extra $6.5 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing funding for the fed's biomedical research arm to $10 billion over two years.

February 6, 2009 — Lisa Stein
FDA warning: Do not eat peanut butter products

FDA warning: Do not eat peanut butter products

Health officials yesterday advised consumers not to eat cookies, crackers, cereal, ice cream, candy or other products containing peanut butter that may have been contaminated with salmonella, which has sickened more than 470 people in 43 states and has been linked to six deaths.

January 18, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Kellogg to stores: Stop selling peanut butter snacks

Kellogg to stores: Stop selling peanut butter snacks

In the wake of a nationwide salmonella outbreak, cereal maker Kellogg has halted sales of its popular Keebler and Austin brand peanut butter crackers as a "precautionary measure" and is urging consumers not to eat the popular snacks.

January 15, 2009 — Lisa Stein
"Beetle" juice: Is your food bugged?

"Beetle" juice: Is your food bugged?

Warning: if you have a delicate stomach—stop reading this now. Ditto if you're eating.

For you heartier souls out there… A show of hands, please: How many of you know that many common foods and beverages with a blush—think yogurt, ice cream, candies, fruit drinks—get their reddish (pinkish, purplish or orange) glow from carmine and cochineal, colorings extracted from the dried bodies of teensy female cochineal insects, sometimes referred to as cochineal beetles?

January 9, 2009 — Lisa Stein
Are fat bums a sign of good health?

Are fat bums a sign of good health?

Hey, ladies, been spending hours fretting over your beefy bottoms? Perturbed about your pear-shaped bodes no matter how many lunges you do daily? Don't be.

January 7, 2009 — Lisa Stein
The cat that came back after 13 years dies

The cat that came back after 13 years dies

It was just a month ago that ScientificAmerican.com reported the happy tale of a lost cat named George that came home 13 years after rescuers traced his owners through information on a microchip in the scruff of his neck.

December 12, 2008 — Lisa Stein
Dogs' Bark: Not fair! Study shows pups get jealous

Dogs' Bark: Not fair! Study shows pups get jealous

Scientists have confirmed what pet owners have always suspected: our pooches may pout when they sense another pup is getting favorable treatment.

Researchers at the University of Vienna in Austria report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA that dogs may be like our human best buds: they get jealous if they feel we're treating another dog better.

December 8, 2008 — Lisa Stein
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