Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

Germy Answers: Bye-Bye, Five-Second Rule

Monday, November 1st, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

“Five-second rule!” Munch, munch, munch.

How many times have you said that? Guess what. That ol’ rule? Probably not real. Yeah.

Infectious-disease specialist Shirley Tozzi, M.D., writes in this week’s featured article:

A study in the April 2007 Journal of Applied Microbiology found that salmonella could survive up to 28 days on a dry surface and be transferred “almost immediately on contact.” Other less scientific studies have found different results. It likely just depends on what’s on your floor (which doesn’t have to be visibly dirty to be contaminated).

Want more virus and bacteria answers? Like, why don’t antibiotics work on viruses? Check out the article here: “Fascinating Facts About Germs: Viruses, Bacteria, Antibiotics.”

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Consumers Union suggests major FDA overhaul. Cites mercury, BPA, more.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Consumers Union is upset with the FDA, calling for an overhaul of the agency.

Consumers Union, which publishes the popular Consumer Reports magazine, describes itself as “an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.” I have always found them to be just that.


Can Plastics Make You Sick? More evidence BPA may cause heart disease, diabetes, liver damage – JAMA.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

If you haven’t heard of bisphenol A, you will.  A study coming out in the September 17 JAMA shows an association of bisphenol A (BPA) with heart disease, diabetes and lab abnormalities of the liver.

Bisphenol A is a very common chemical found in some plastics like certain children’s toys, baby bottles, the resin lining of cans and dental sealants. Although we can absorb it through the skin and inhale it, our main exposure is diet.

At JHMFD we’ve written about companies eliminating polyvinylchoride (PVC), which can contain BPA.  I’ve blogged about the NIH being concerned about exposure in children. It’s a hot topic, and everyone is exposed.  So what do we do?


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