Complex Food

Chocolate

Key Facts Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans, the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree in the Malvaceae plant family. Between 2000 and 2020, at least 5 chocolate-associated outbreaks were reported to CDC’s National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS), causing 95 illnesses, 3 hospitalizations, and no deaths. Most outbreaks in chocolate have resulted Read more

Honey

Key Facts Honey is a nutritious substance commonly used as a sweetener in beverages, breakfast cereals, and baked goods, given it provides more moisture than other sweeteners. Since 2010, consumption of honey has increased, with the primary consumers of honey including older adults, households of Asian descent, and larger Read more

Kombucha

Key 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 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 Read more

Tofu

Key Facts Tofu, a food product made from soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr), is a dietary staple in Chinese and Japanese cuisines. A high-quality source of calcium, isoflavones, and plant-based protein, tofu is produced by curdling soymilk with a calcium or magnesium salt. It can be consumed without Read more