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Food Recalls Hit 2-Year High

Food Recalls Hit 2-Year High


Consulting firm Stericycle ExpertRECALL found that recalls have risen 33 percent in the fourth quarter

Apparently food recalls hit a two-year high in the fourth quarter, with about 18.4 million products recalled, Stericycle ExpertRECALL reports.

The consulting firm found that while historically, fourth quarter recall increases are normal, the 33 percent increase in food recalls (552 recalls) was the highest level in more than two years, Mike Rozembajgier of Stericycle told Food Navigator.

This resulted in an average of six recalls a day, Food Navigator notes.

The cause behind the increase? Peanut products, for the most part; salmonella concerns with the largest organic peanut processing plant sparked 164 out of the 522 recalls. Most notably, Trader Joe's peanut butter got the brunt of the bad press when the salmonella scare was on the rise.

Rozembajgier suggests that there could be a higher number of recalls in the future, once the Food Safety Modernization Act goes into effect. "Whenever new regulations are passed and enacted, we usually see more violations of the new rules, especially immediately after implementation," Rozembajgier said.


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‘Unprecedented’: Australia’s allergen-related food recalls hit a record high in 2020

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) have released annual figures, which show there were a total of 109 food recalls in Australia throughout 2020, up from 87 recalls in 2019 and 100 in 2018. Undeclared food allergens were behind 51 of these (compared with 32 in 2019), with half reportedly due to packaging errors.

Most of the allergen-related recalls were triggered by a customer complaint, with others coming after results of routine testing by the government or by the company.

Last year continued a trend seen across the past decade during which undeclared allergens have been the single biggest cause of Australia’s total food recalls (321, or 42% of all recalls). The most common undeclared allergens were milk (93 recalls 29%), multiple allergens (55 recalls 17%) and peanut (54 recalls 17%).

FSANZ has identified the following four key root causes of allergen-related recalls.

  • accidental cross contamination either of a raw ingredient or during production process
  • lack of staff skills and knowledge to fulfil labelling requirements
  • packaging errors
  • supplier verification issues or the root cause was unknown (when the business couldn’t find what caused the issue or FSANZ wasn’t able to get enough information from the business).

Additional data collected by FSANZ since 2016 report the main corrective actions taken by food business operators following allergen-related recalls involved altering the product label, training staff, amending processing or handling procedures and improving communication

The Allergen Bureau has some comprehensive resources covering these topics as indicated below:

Further insights about allergen-related food recalls in Australia are available on the FSANZ Undeclared allergen food recall statistics page.


Food recalls hit record high, thanks to strawberries, eggs

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The strawberry needle contamination saga and a salmonella outbreak fed into a record-high number of food recalls this year.

There were a total of 106 recalls and incidents in the past financial year, the biggest posting in a 12-month period for Australia.

The body that regulates food and product safety for the country revealed the stats in its annual report this week.

The sky-high total is up from 81 in the previous period and 61 in 2016-17.

Panic sparked nationwide in September last year, when there were 230 incidents of sewing needles found in strawberries sold in various supermarkets across the country.

The initial tampering was created a ripple of copycats, and it even resurfaced in Victoria last month.

The original offence was traced back to Queensland, and a former fruit farm supervisor was charged with the incident.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand boss Robyn Kruk said it was one of the most significant events of the year, but despite this, undeclared allergens remained the leading cause of recalls.

Most of the allergen-related recalls (46) were prompted by consumers, and mostly because of incorrect ingredients listings – undeclared milk is the main culprit, followed by peanuts.

Salmonella outbreak across Victoria, NSW

In the first half of the year, there was a cluster of egg recalls prompted by salmonella contamination fears.

Thousands of cartons were recalled, and a lot of fingers were pointed at free-range farms as being the epicentre of the bacteria.

There were about nine recalls spread across six farms, and hundreds of people were diagnosed with salmonella directly related to the consumption of the infected eggs.

Frozen doesn’t freeze out bugs

In July last year, an urgent recall was activated after the potentially deadly listeria bacteria was found lurking in frozen vegetables.

The disease had earlier that year been linked to the deaths of six Australians, and food safety authorities were taking no chances.

Woolworths, Aldi and IGA supermarkets all had to strip their freezers of the products, which contained vegetables imported from Europe where there had been a fatal outbreak in the United Kingdom.

Just a month later, the iconic Black & Gold brand was struck by a recall, its mixed frozen vegetables the cause of listeria contamination fears.

Crying over spoilt milk

June was not a good month to be dairy company Lactalis Australia. Within a fortnight, the company was forced to issue two recalls.

The first was because it was found some milk varietals could contain food-grade dairy cleaning product.


FAO: Organic label is not a guarantee of food safety

The term organic is not a guarantee of food safety, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Organic is a way to grow food following specific rules and guidelines, according to a document published by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Organic certification refers to a product made in line with certain standards throughout the production, handling, processing and marketing stages it does not cover the characteristics of the finished item.

Such standards and regulations may differ between and among countries’ supply chains for regulating chemical use and other requirements for soil and water quality maintenance.

The agency says the aim of organic food is better incomes for small-scale farmers and increased food security, environmental benefits such as enhanced soil and water quality and biodiversity preservation, and improved animal welfare.

Pesticide use
The U.S. organic sector saw food sales hit $50.1 billion in 2019, up 4.6 percent from the previous year, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Organic agriculture is seen as a promising approach to address challenges raised by increasing demographics and urbanization as well as climate change. For consumers, this often translates into healthier, safer, tastier and more environmentally friendly foods, organic proponents contend.

Organic labels rely on rules that prohibit or limit use of some synthetic fertilizers and agrochemicals, which is attractive for consumers. Pesticides produced by plants are still used in organic agriculture, which at high dosages may have negative effects on human health. The major difference is the type of pesticides used. The document stated that conventional and organic farmers need to follow the same safety standards.

From 172 countries in a survey by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, 87 had organic standards, and another 18 were developing legislation for them.

The FAO reported authorities could check that food safety measures are included in any existing organic certification schemes at the national level and organize a forum with the organic food industry to discuss approaches to ensuring inclusion of food safety actions in organic agriculture.

Food allergen advice
Meanwhile, the FAO has also published a document with examples of practices to establish labeling regulations for food allergens.

National contexts can differ in terms of predominance of food allergies. The FAO report says investigation is needed within countries to understand what foods should be labelled, and determine the allowable quantities of allergens that may unintentionally be present in foods.

Food allergens recognized by Codex may not cover all those that have an impact on different populations, such as the case for buckwheat in Japan.

Three case studies are presented: Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and the U.S’s Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA).

The guide also covers unintentional introduction of a food allergen in a product through cross-contamination, recalls due to undeclared allergens and precautionary labeling.

National agencies were advised to regularly monitor common food allergies, ensure clarity and readability of labels and provide education on how to read them and work with the private sector, particularly e-commerce platforms and restaurants, to ensure allergens are explained to customers.

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Doc Severinsen Recalls High Notes, Low Notes and Everything in Between

The trumpeter and former “Tonight Show” bandleader tells tales from his personal life and his work with Johnny Carson in a new PBS documentary.

“Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story,” on PBS’s “American Masters,” pulls back the curtain on the former bandleader’s life. Credit. Kristine Potter for The New York Times

Doc Severinsen hadn’t been able to practice his trumpet in a couple of days, and by his own admission, it was making him irritable. “I’m getting a little bit antsy,” he said one afternoon earlier this month.

Were he not currently conducting a video interview from the kitchen of his home in Tennessee, he said, “By now, I’d have a trumpet in my hand, and I would be pretty much doing that the rest of the day.”

Instead the 93-year-old Severinsen was sharing reflections from his life and career as a trumpeter and bandleader of “The Tonight Show” while his companion, Cathy Leach, sat nearby. As he occasionally, instinctually pursed his lips to practice the embouchure he uses on his mouthpiece, he explained that he was a different man when separated from his instrument. In his reedy, rumbling voice, he said, “I don’t become the most pleasant guy to live with.”

Audiences got to know Severinsen best during his 30-year run on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” where he served not only as its musical frontman but also as a flashily attired comic foil to its host, who became a close friend behind the scenes. Carson died in 2005, and his announcer and sidekick, Ed McMahon, died in 2009, leaving Severinsen the most prominent surviving face of that influential late-night show.

Now, Severinsen is pulling back the curtain on his own life in a new documentary, “Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story,” which will make its debut Friday on PBS’s “American Masters.”

The film, which is directed by Kevin S. Bright and Jeff Consiglio, chronicles Severinsen’s upbringing in Arlington, Ore., where his father was the local dentist (thus earning his son, Carl, the lifelong nickname “Doc”). The documentary also explores his work as a musician, on “The Tonight Show” and off, and dives deeply into his personal life, his marriages and his family’s history with alcoholism.

If the movie uncovers much that viewers didn’t know about him, Severinsen said, “I found out how much I didn’t know, too.”

Severinsen spoke further about the making of “Never Too Late,” its revelations and his fulfilling, frustrating obsession with the trumpet. These are edited excerpts from that conversation.

You’ve been off “The Tonight Show” now for almost as many years as you were on it. Does that experience seem distant to you now?

It does. But at first — and I can’t tell you how long that went on for — I would wake up in the morning and think, Oh, God, I’ve got to get going or I’m going to be late for work. I’ve got to pick out a program of music. Oh, wait a minute — I don’t do that anymore.

What keeps you occupied now?

I’ve got that jealous bitch over in the corner — the trumpet. And if you don’t pick that baby up and treat it right, you’re going to have nothing but trouble.

How were you persuaded to be the subject of a film about your life?

Kevin Bright has had a working relationship with my eldest daughter, Nancy. They had renewed their friendship, and Kevin said: “How’s your dad? What’s he up to?” The next thing I know, Nancy’s calling me, saying, “Dad, I spoke to Kevin and he wants to do a documentary.” I laughed and said: “That’ll be the day. No thanks.”

What changed your mind?

Kevin knew how to handle me. One thing led to another, and all of a sudden we’re sitting in the kitchen, here in this house. I had this feeling of, Why am I doing this? What the hell is going on? Then we started talking and we never stopped.

Are people surprised when they see you dressed casually, as you are today, instead of sporting some of your memorable apparel from “The Tonight Show”?

The way you see me now, it’s the way I’ve always been. I’ve got a cowboy shirt on and jeans and cowboy boots. I thought I might go riding today — it turns out, that’s not going to happen, but I’ve still got the right clothes on for it.

So all that eye-popping clothing you wore on the show was a kind of affectation?

It was at first, yeah. It was a desperation kind of a thing. You don’t know when they’re going to talk to you or what they’re going to talk to you about. All you know is you’ve got to pick out the right music, conduct the band and be ready to talk. Because the one thing you don’t want to have happen is, you’re sitting there, [mindlessly] “Oh boy, I sure enjoyed that dinner last night,” and you hear Johnny say, “Isn’t that right, Doc?”

Did Carson ever catch you off guard?

One time, he asked me to hit a double high-C on trumpet. And I thought, Holy Christ. I knew I was capable of it if I had time to work on it. But somehow, from past experience, I hit that note and did a pretty doggone good job. And I thought, I’ve got to have a finish for this. So I did a take of great pain and reeling around and fell flat on the floor. I didn’t know I was going to do that! Neither did Johnny. It’s all about being in show business, I guess.

Is it fair to say there was a kind of friendly one-upmanship in your on-camera relationship with Carson?

Well, there was no one-upmanship because we knew who had the one-up. It was mostly me paying attention and trying to fit in. But Johnny, he was an artist. He could produce and write a script in his mind while he’s saying it.

Carson had a behind-the-scenes reputation, even among people who worked for him, for being enigmatic or elusive. Was that your experience with him?

Well, the only person who could answer that is Johnny. He knows if he’s thinking in his mind about some friend who’s passed away or a secret desire he has to do this or that, or God, I wish I’d had a hamburger for lunch. But he was an extremely bright man. He was friends with Carl Sagan, and he used to love to get together with him and talk about the universe. I’d go out with him on his boat, and we’re sitting there, looking up at night, and he’s explaining the whole damn works up there. There was a lot more to him than he ever let on.

You felt you saw a side of him that he didn’t necessarily share with others?

I did, and I can tell you right now, I ain’t going to talk about it. [Chuckles.] Us guys, sometimes, when we have real pain — Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that, or I wish I had done that — you don’t get the whole thing.

You’re candid in the film about your history with alcoholism — how it ran in your family and how your first wife’s problems with it led to the dissolution of your marriage to her. Were you nervous about sharing this with people?

No, I wasn’t nervous because it’s fact. If you’re an alcoholic, you should be one of the first ones to know. Well, I wasn’t one of the first ones to know that I was an alcoholic. My wife at that time, I’ll tell you, I feel sorry for her. I’m not angry over any of it. There I was with three little kids — I’ve got to be Dad, I’ve got to be Mom, I’ve got to be the maid. I’ve got to do it all. And then I have to go over to the police department and say to the guy at the desk: “Listen, if your patrolmen see my wife driving our car — and especially if there’s little kids in there, would you do me a favor? Would you pull her over? And if she’s been drinking at all, take the car from her, take her home and make the kids safe.”

There was often a lot of joking about drinking on “The Tonight Show.” Did that make it hard to maintain your sobriety?

I didn’t come to work and say, “Now, Johnny, there’s something I’ve got to tell you — I’m an alcoholic, so look out now.” Quite the opposite. And about the time I was just starting out on “The Tonight Show,” I also became aware that if you’re an alcoholic, you’re probably a drug addict also. And I found out that I was. And I said, “Whoa, boy, they’re taking away all my toys.”

But you’re better for it.

I’ll put it to you this way, I’m alive.

What drugs were you using?

I don’t even want to discuss it. None of the rock-hard stuff. But close. Very close.

Your third wife, Emily, is an on-camera subject in the documentary, and she speaks frankly about how your marriage to her unraveled after your time on “The Tonight Show” ended. Were you concerned about including her in the film?

No, I had to trust Kevin on that. If you’re doing something that’s extremely revealing, about private matters, there’s a producer that will make that decision and you’d better figure out how you’re going to live with it. Emily, she’s a very bright person, and fair. She’s — well, I’m in a much better place.

You’re happy in your life with Cathy Leach, who is a professor emeritus of trumpet at the University of Tennessee?

I don’t know how to describe it. But when I pull the covers up under my chin at night and she reaches over and makes sure that I got my arms covered and I’m all settled and everything’s OK — I don’t want to get into religion, but I thank God she came into my life.

Are you still discovering new things about the trumpet?

Oh, yeah. But when you pick up a trumpet, don’t think it’s going to be a bouquet of roses the rest of your life. You get out of the trumpet exactly what you put into the trumpet. If you put bad timing and a bad attitude, anything negative at all into the trumpet, it comes right back to hit you in the face.

Do you ever have days when you think, I can’t play that damned thing for another minute?

Yes, but I don’t call it a “damned thing.” Because the trumpet has the last word. I try to remain respectful of that damned thing.


Times Square victim recalls begging for her life moments after shooting

NYC Councilman Joe Borelli reacts to 'deeply disturbing' crime stats

A young mom who was one of three innocent bystanders shot in Times Square recalled begging for her life as she lay bleeding on the ground — while callous bystanders recorded her on their phones.

Wendy Magrinat, 23, relived the harrowing moments in an interview with The Post on Sunday, saying the bullet is still lodged in her leg.

"I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die, please help me!’ — and people were just recording, they weren’t helping," the tourist said of the shooting Saturday that left her, another woman and a 4-year-old girl with gunshot wounds.

Magrinat had been waiting to get into the Line Friends store on Broadway with her mom, stepfather, 8-year-old sister, as well as her own husband, Yoel, who was holding their 2-year-old daughter, Elise, she recalled.

As they waited, they became aware of a fight between at least two men, one of whom was standing "practically next to me," Magrinat recalled.

"A guy called another guy by the [N-word], and I told my husband, ‘This is getting a little heat[ed] up,'" she said, as her husband shifted ahead in line to try to distance himself and their daughter from the chaos.

"Everything was so fast, but the shooting started — and the first shot went to my leg," she recalled.

"I just covered it and ran a little, just to get my daughter and my family to safety — but I couldn’t. The pain was too much, and I dropped to the floor," she said.

"I felt really dizzy, and I was losing blood and I just started screaming, ‘I got shot! I got shot! I don’t want to die!'" she said.

Magrinat, who was in the city for a family reunion, remembered repeatedly begging others to get her 2-year-old daughter to safety.

"I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die, please help me!’ — and people were just recording, they weren’t helping," she said. "I was on the floor and a group just surrounded me, all with their phones recording. I understand … people get in shock. But if you’re in shock, you shouldn’t be recording. But that’s how people are right now."

New York Police Department released images of a person of interest in the shooting. ((Photo: New York Police Department))

She said the only ones who helped her were the "amazing" NYPD officers.

"They came running right away, and they got me to an ambulance really fast, along with the 4-year-old girl who was hurt," Magrinat recalled.

"When I got to the hospital, I had a team waiting for me," she said.

There, surgeons decided against removing the bullet that was lodged high in her right thigh, fearing it would worsen the damage.

"So I live with a bullet in my leg," she said. "I’m on a lot of painkillers but the pain never goes away. The pain is always there, you just have to hold it and hope it gets better," she said, saying she is unable to walk.

"Thankfully, I was really lucky that it didn’t hit any arteries or the bone or the muscle," she said.

She also called it "God’s will" that the bullet hit her and not little Elise, saying, "I would have died if my daughter would have gotten shot.

"All I kept thinking was, ‘I have a 2-year-old child — it could have been her, or it was possible I’d never get to see her again.'"

Thankfully, her daughter is so young she "didn’t know what was going on" and initially laughed when she saw her parents fleeing for their lives, assuming it was a game, Magrinat said.

But Magrinat’s sister — who came up from Florida with their mom to see them — " kept screaming and knew everything that was going on. It was traumatic for her," she said.

"My mother was also completely traumatized," she said.

The family has met up in New York before — but is now in no rush to return.

"It was a traumatic experience, and I think until the gun violence is a little controlled — it’s gonna be a long time before I go back to New York," Magrinat said.

(Photo: New York Police Department) (New York Police Department)

Detectives have surveillance footage that shows the alleged shooter walking eastbound outside the Minskoff Theater on West 45th just before 5 p.m. Saturday before he stepped back to talk to another man, sources told The Post.

The footage shows him raising his right arm and firing several rounds from a semi-automatic pistol, the sources said — hitting the three bystanders.

The 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn — identified by sources as Skye Martinez — was struck in the lower left calf, with the bullet completely breaking the leg, sources said. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital for surgery.

In addition to Magrinat, Marcela Aldana, 43, from Passaic, New Jersey, was hit in the left foot, with a bullet to be removed in surgery later, sources said.

The shooter had been wearing a black jacket and black Adidas pants at the time — but seemingly stripped off before he was caught on surveillance footage in a distinctive-looking shirt with the number "9."

Early Sunday, officers with a canine unit were photographed by The Post pulling clothes matching what the suspect had been wearing at the time of the shooting from a trash can on the corner of 10th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Officers were also seen going in and out of a building there, although it is not immediately clear if it is tied to the suspect.


UK product recalls reach new high - up 48% in a year

The number of UK product recalls has hit a new high, increasing 48% in a year, to 575* in 2015/16 up from 388 in 2014/15, says City law firm RPC.

Whilst new EU legislation on the labelling of food allergens has helped propel a jump in food and drink recalls (see graph), there have been increases across all broad categories of product recalls, including:

  • Food (non-allergens): For example, Morrisons’ had to recall its ‘Busy Bee Cake’ because it had possible traces of salmonella
  • Pharmaceuticals: For example, Asda and Superdrug had to recall St John’s Wort herbal medicine tablets because they were contaminated with toxic substances
  • Consumer Durables: For example, retailers had to recall the SupportPlus stainless steel kettle because it could cause the user an electric shock

The number of recalls of food and drink products where potentially dangerous allergens had not been properly labelled increased by 62%, to 144 in 2015/16 up from 89 in 2014/15, following the introduction of new EU legislation.

The legislation introduced in December 2014 by the EU requires all food labels to display information on 14 different allergens. These new food allergy laws have led to a growing number of products, which fail to meet these labelling requirements, being recalled.

RPC says the costs of recalling a product are significant and include advertising the transport of products the destruction of products and any associated legal fees. Businesses may also suffer from loss of customer loyalty and reputation, which are more difficult to recoup.

Several retailers were forced to recall products last year for example, Lidl recalled its “Alesto Honey Peanuts” because ‘peanut’ was not declared in English on some packets, while Tesco had to recall its ‘Multi-seeded Bloomer’ for not specifying that the loaf contained sesame seeds.

Gavin Reese, Partner at RPC, says: “Businesses are starting to feel the effect of the EU’s tough new laws on the labelling of food allergens. In addition, it may be that businesses are being increasingly sensitive to the risk of mislabelled allergens following a series of recent tragic deaths caused by nut allergies.”

The number of food and drink product recalls, unrelated to allergens, increased by 78% last year, to 137 in 2015/16 from 77 in 2014/15.

The high number of food and drink recalls might be partly caused by the more stringent and effective testing of products. Manufacturers and retailers may now be more willing to recall products earlier to limit any reputational damage caused.

High numbers of product recalls in the Food Allergens and Consumer Goods categories have helped push the total to an all-time high – number of recalls

Cars and electronics accounted for majority of Consumer Goods recalls

RPC says there was a 25% increase in Consumer Goods product recalls, to 267 in 2015/16 up from 214 in 2014/15. Of those, motor vehicles made up 60 recalls, and electrical appliances and electronic goods 56 recalls.

The high number of motor vehicle recalls could be due to the increasing complexity of cars and their reliance on electronics and software programmes. This complexity may mean there is a greater chance of faults.

There were several high-profile recalls of motor vehicles last year. For example, Vauxhall had to recall its Corsa D 1.4 Turbo model because it posed a fire hazard, while Land Rover had to recall its Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models due to an electronics problem which meant the engine could cut out at any time.

In the electrical appliances and electronic goods category there was also a particularly high number of recalls, including the popular Groundspeeder hover board.

Gavin Reese adds: “Regardless of the product, recalls can be very costly to businesses. This is because recalls can result in a loss of market share both during the recall itself and once the dust has settled, when reputational damage becomes clearer.

“Product recalls in the UK are at an all-time high. Businesses are having to navigate an ever tougher regulatory landscape and they must be careful not to fall foul of regulators.”

Product recalls hit an all-time high last year – number of recalls

*RPC product research is based on information from the Trading Standards Institute, the Foods Standards Agency, RAPEX and the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Research to end October 2016.


The 12 Food Trends You're Going To See Everywhere In 2020

Though no one could have predicted 2019's chicken sandwich showdown, every year we like to gather 'round the proverbial office water cooler (read: an internal slack channel called Delish Pizza Lounge) and guess what food trends the coming year holds. Here's what was see in our crystal ball at the start of this new decade.

Pea Protein

As the worlds of meal-worthy smoothies and plant-based lifestyles collide, you're going to see pea protein offered up in place of powders like whey and collagen, both of which are derived from animal sources. But the concept of peas as protein source doesn't stop there. More and more brands will take a cue from trendsetters like Beyond Meat and add the protein powerhouse to faux meat alternatives and vegan cheeses.

Low-Alcohol Beverages

According to Nielsen data, 66% of millennials are making efforts to reduce their alcohol consumption. Some say the "youth" is drinking less because they're smoking more (the phenomenon's been dubbed Cali sober). Others chalk up the decline in boozy nights to a rise in Goop-y lifestyles. Regardless, beverage brands are leaning in. New companies offer alcohol-free tipples that look pretty enough to pour in a glass and still feel fancy. Interested? Try a bottle from Seedlip, Kin Euphorics, or Curious Elixirs.

Lasagna

Can we let you in on a little industry secret? All it really takes to make (or break a trend) is for a storied media outlet to weigh in. (You do remember last summer's Aperol spritz drama, don't you?) We're not yet sure why, exactly, the Wall Street Journal thinks lasagna will blow up in 2020. But because they said so, well, we wouldn't be surprised to see it happen. It all seems a little like bringing sexy back (has it been long enough that even JT can admit sexy hadn't actually gone anywhere?), considering we've already got 88 lasagna recipes on this very site&mdashbut consider our interest peaked. Food brands are clearly already caching on, too: Banza (makers of our favorite chickpea pasta) recently released their first-ever lasagna noodles.


Chicken and Food Poisoning

Americans eat more chicken every year than any other meat. Chicken can be a nutritious choice, but raw chicken is often contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria and sometimes with Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens bacteria. If you eat undercooked chicken or other foods or beverages contaminated by raw chicken or its juices, you can get a foodborne illness, which is also called food poisoning.

That&rsquos why it&rsquos important to take special care when handling and preparing chicken.

Watch AJ&rsquos story to learn how he got sick with Salmonella from eating chicken.

You Can Take Steps to Prevent Food Poisoning

If chicken is on your menu, follow these tips when shopping, cooking, and eating out to help prevent food poisoning:

  • Place chicken in a disposable bag before putting in your shopping cart or refrigerator to prevent raw juices from getting onto other foods. with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling chicken.
  • Do not wash raw chicken. During washing, chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops.
  • Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken.
  • Never place cooked food or fresh produce on a plate, cutting board, or other surface that previously held raw chicken.
  • Wash cutting boards, utensils, dishes, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing chicken and before you prepare the next item. to make sure chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F.
  • If cooking frozen raw chicken in a microwavable meal, handle it as you would fresh raw chicken. Follow cooking directions carefully to prevent food poisoning.
  • If you think the chicken you are served at a restaurant or anywhere else is not fully cooked, send it back for more cooking.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftover chicken within 2 hours (or within 1 hour if the temperature outside is higher than 90°F).

CDC estimates External external icon that every year about a million people get sick from eating poultry that&rsquos contaminated with harmful germs. That&rsquos why it&rsquos important for you to take steps to protect your health and the health of your loved ones when it comes to chicken.

Anyone can get food poisoning, but adults aged 65 and older, children younger than 5 years, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women are more likely to develop a serious illness.

Call or see the doctor if you or someone in your care has the following signs of food poisoning: