Food safety

Is homegrown food safer? Only if gardeners take precautions

Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that’s frequently an illusion. Food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

NEW YORK – The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The death was reported in California, but state and federal health officials did not...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

ATLANTA – Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Can a chile pepper really cause an ‘incapacitating’ headache?

A 34-year-old man ate a Carolina Reaper, the hottest chile pepper on earth, and developed what’s known as a “thunderclap headache.” It was the headache heard ‘round the world. Media outlets from...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Classroom pets expelled from Durango schools

If your child has a favorite classroom pet – a hamster, a lizard, a goldfish – you may have heard of the animal’s sudden disappearance after winter break or you may hear of its soon-to-come...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District’s farm-to-school program brings the beef

A year and a half into its existence, Durango School District 9-R’s food distribution center is thriving and has allowed the district to expand its offerings. The newest addition to school menus is...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Durango High School resurrects its culinary education program

Durango High School has resurrected its culinary education program after several years without one. In 2017, the school hired culinary teacher Jessica Bright, resumed offering cooking classes and...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

How other people’s food allergies are changing what you eat

I’m standing in a space the width of an airplane aisle, staring at frying oils. It’s the kitchen of the Stapleton, Colorado, location of Next Door, one of the country’s most-high-profile casual...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

California company recalls vegetables over listeria fears

SALINAS, Calif. – A California company has voluntarily recalled packaged vegetables distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada because of possible bacterial contamination. Mann Packing of Salinas...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Food safety violations in Southwest Colorado spike

Your favorite restaurant is now under more intense scrutiny from the local health department as an increase in inspectors has resulted in an eye-popping number of food safety violations for the...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Think you can only get salmonella from chicken? Think again

A multistate salmonella outbreak tied to Maradol papayas from Mexico is just the latest example of fresh produce – and not the usual suspects, eggs and poultry – contaminated with a potentially...

DATE: July 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food

Will eating a little dirt help your digestion?

Early spring is often signaled by an abundance of dandelions dotting lawns and fields with splashes of vibrant yellow. These early blooms are the first food sources available to pollinators such as...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food