Articles about Food

Jalapeño Peppers

Key Facts The majority of the U.S. commercial jalapeño supply is grown in New Mexico, Texas, and California but many small farms throughout the southwest grow peppers for sale to local markets. Jalapeños are also imported to the U.S. and imported peppers were the source of a large Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak in 2008.   Read more

Kombucha

ContentsKey FactsIntroductionFoodborne OutbreaksProductionFood SafetyConsumptionNutrition ReferencesKey Facts Kombucha is a fermented tea that can be produced commercially or in private homes. Kombucha has become increasingly popular and a number of national and regional supermarkets, including natural foods stores and large grocery store chains, now carry the fizzy, refreshing tea on store shelves. Many people drink kombucha Read more

Kratom

Key Facts Kratom, also referred to as thang, kakuam, thom, ketom, biak, kratho, or ketum, is a group of tree-like plants in the Mitragyna genus of the Rubiacea family. Kratom is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Individuals can consume the plant by chewing, smoking, brewing Read more

Marijuana Edibles

Key Facts Edibles are food products infused with cannabis extract Extraction of THC and CBD from cannabis plant mixed with heating creates “high” for consumers Food safety concerns around edibles include the extraction process, possible bacteria growth, chemical exposure, pest contamination, and employee handling of Read more

Mushrooms

Mushrooms provide selenium and vitamins B and D. Of 300 edible species, 30 have been domesticated, and 10 are grown commercially. Wild harvest is the largest source of commercially important species, despite advances in domestication. Food safety issues with edible mushrooms are mostly due to improper food preservation and handling. Read more

Nut Butters

Key Facts Many civilizations have relied on nuts as part of their diet, even before the usage of cereal grains. Nuts come from a variety of botanical families and serve as a reliable and timely food source because they are resistant to damage by severe weather, are easily preserved through Read more

Oranges

Fresh sweet oranges are a low calorie (60 calories per 1 medium peeled orange), nutritious source of vitamin C (120% Daily Value (DV), fiber (12% DV), vitamin A (6% DV), and calcium (6% DV).
Orange juice has been implicated in 10 reported outbreaks, during which 810 persons became ill, in the United States from 1998 through 2012. Read more

Oysters

Key Facts Oysters are a keystone species. They help protect the coastline, clean the water, and provide a habitat for many other species such as fish, shrimp, and crabs. Oysters are among Florida’s top commercial seafood products in terms of dockside value. There are many harvesting and processing techniques. To ensure the Read more

Pomegranates

Key Facts Due to high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, folic acid and iron, pomegranates are frequently categorized as ‘superfoods’. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed as of September 20, 2013 that approximately 162 people, primarily in the western U.S., became ill after consuming contaminated pomegranate arils. The interior Read more

Potatoes

potatoes

Key Facts The potato is the top non-grain food crop in the world (following corn, wheat and rice) and the number one vegetable crop in the U.S. Native to South America, potatoes have been cultivated for many centuries and belong to the Solanaceae family. Potatoes are an important source of several nutrients, Read more