July 2006

Sales of Cadbury chocolate products have dropped dramatically in the wake of the controversial product recall sparked by a salmonella scare last month, a new report has shown.

The full scale of the damage to the company’s balance sheet could be revealed this week when Cadbury unveils its interim results. Trade magazine The Grocer said

For food and drink companies a health scare can be extremely damaging, as Cadbury Schweppes has found out to its cost over the past month following the recall of a million chocolate bars due to salmonella concerns.

The estimated cost of the recall was 5 million pounds, although the longer-term damage to its brand could

Food editor J Scott Wilson walked readers through a typical grilling experience and took a look at where the danger lies and some simple ways to avoid it:

Temperature Control

By far the biggest culprit when it comes to any sort of outdoor cooking and eating is lack of attention to food temperature. Basically, your

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new low-cost system that analyzes scattered laser light to quickly identify bacteria for applications in medicine, food processing and homeland security at one-tenth the cost of conventional technologies.

The technique – Bacteria Rapid Detection Using Optical Scattering Technology – works by shining a laser through a petri dish

Eating ice cream to beat the summer heat is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Homemade ice cream can be a special treat. While commercially manufactured ice cream is typically made with pasteurized eggs or egg products, recipes for homemade ice cream often use raw eggs in the base mixture.

Lynn Little has some suggestions for

Two recent outbreaks of salmonellosis in Minnesota with a total of 29 cases have been linked to frozen, pre-browned, single-serving, microwaveable stuffed chicken entrees. These are the third and fourth outbreaks of salmonellosis in Minnesota linked to these types of products since 1998.

In March 2006, the USDA issued a limited recall in response to

New research has shown that salmonella was found in 1% of raw meat tested at laboratories reporting to the Department of Agriculture over a three-year period. Laboratories submit a monthly report of all tests carried out, together with reports of salmonella bacteria, to the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.

The percentage of raw meat samples contaminated

Cadbury’s and its board of directors may face criminal prosecution after its chocolate was named by health chiefs as the most likely source of an outbreak of food poisoning, reports The Times.

The Health Protection Agency has established the likelihood that 37 people, including many toddlers and others under the age of 10, had become

Two weeks ago, the state Department of Public Health determined a fifth-grade science experiment involving the dissection of owl pellets was responsible for a salmonella outbreak, in which 28 students were confirmed to have the bacterial infections.

In all, at least 50 students came down with related symptoms.

More than 40 parents and residents have