Author Archives: James Peth

Cantaloupes

Cut cantaloupe on a plate

Cantaloupes are a healthy, low-calorie source of vitamin A (β-Carotene), vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, iron, some dietary fiber, and calcium. However, the complex surface of cantaloupe makes it well suited for harboring pathogens. In recent years, cantaloupe has been the third most common produce item associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. Read more

FSI Wiki Worksheet

FSI Wiki Worksheet (updated 05/27/2015) What information might help a public health professional investigate an outbreak associated with this product? The worksheet below is divided into categories to help organize and generate content ideas for the wiki. Food: ________________________________________   Key Facts (bullet pointed quick facts) Introduction (Basic topic information, i.e. botanical family, commodity group) Food borne Outbreaks (Pathogens associated with this food; contributing factors in outbreaks?) Production (Where or how much is produced in the US/imported?) Food Safety (Contamination risk, sanitization, safe consumption) Consumption (How much is consumed in the US? How is it consumed, if appropriate?) Nutrition (Nutritional, culinary, or cultural Read more

FSI Working User Guide

Formatting tips: If transferring text (cutting and pasting from Word), it is recommended to use the ‘Plain Text’ option and add formatting in WordPress. Please do not underline words because this could be confused with a hyperlink. On the Edit Post page, a toolbar should be visible above the box for adding text. The next to last icon on the top line is the Show/Hide Kitchen Sink, make sure ‘show’ is selected. Designate the type of heading with the dropdown box on the second line of the toolbar True headings on food pages Read more

Peppers

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Key Facts Introduction Foodborne Outbreaks Production Food Safety Consumption References  

Strawberries

strawberries

Strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and almost every country in the world. They are an excellent source of nutrients and are a great addition to a healthy diet. Strawberries have been associated with several foodborne illnesses highlighting the importance of following recommended food safety practices from the farm to the table. Read more