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Pomegranates

Key Facts Due to high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, folic acid, and iron, pomegranates are frequently categorized as ‘superfoods’. The interior of the pomegranate is segmented by membranous walls into compartments packed with red, pink, or white flavorful, pulp-filled sacs (arils). Ready-to-eat arils in plastic cups have become popular because of their convenience, unique taste, 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, especially Vitamin C. Read more

Poultry

Key Facts Poultry is a popularly consumed meat in the American diet, where chicken has the highest annual consumption. From 1998 to 2012, 25% of foodborne illness outbreaks were attributed to poultry; improper handling and inadequate cooking have been identified as key factors contributing to outbreaks. Broilers make up most of commercial chicken production with Read more

Protein Powder

Key Facts Protein powders can be made from whey, casein, egg, soy, pea, or rice. This article focuses on whey protein powders. The protein in whey protein powder is derived from liquid whey, a byproduct of the cheese-making process. Whey protein is a “complete protein,” meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that the Read more

Romaine Lettuce

Key Facts Romaine lettuce accounts for 30% of the lettuce consumed in the United States. Between 1990 and 2009, per capita consumption increased from 1.2 to 7.7 pounds per person. Although contamination of marketplace product is rare, from 2010 to 2013, three outbreaks totaling more than 700 illnesses were associated with Romaine lettuce. The majority of Read more

Sprouts

Key Facts Edible sprouts such as alfalfa, broccoli, mung bean, and radish sprouts, are excellent sources of antioxidants, essential amino acids, and a handful of nourishing vitamins and minerals. As such, sprouts have been labeled as functional foods that have health-promoting benefits and lower the risk of many diseases. Despite their nutritional advantages, sprouts carry Read more

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

Sunflower Seeds and Oil

Key Facts Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is one of the few crop species that originated in North America Native Americans domesticated the crop around 1000 BC 85% of the North American sunflower seed is still produced in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun. They are remarkably tough and Read more

Sweet Corn

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Key Facts Fresh-cut sweet corn kernels are extremely perishable, with very high respiration rates, making proper temperature control critical. While there are concerns regarding various mycotoxins in field corn fed to animals, there is minimal risk associated with mycotoxins in sweet corn consumed by humans. According to the FDA, minimal traces of, fumonisins (a type Read more