Food Safety

Salmonella Outbreak in Papayas Has Left 47 (and Counting) Sick — Food Recall

Before you purchase your next papaya, take a quick peek at its label to ensure you aren't at risk of contracting a salmonella infection. A specific variety of the fruit — Maradol papayas, of the Caribeña brand — has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 12 states. Nationwide, the outbreak has left 47 ill: 12 cases were so severe the patients were hospitalized, and one case in New York City was fatal.

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Can You Eat Something That Has Freezer Burn? Here’s What the USDA Says. — Freezer Intelligence

Picture this: You're doing your weekly grocery shop and there's a great deal on a family pack of chicken thighs. And now that you're looking in the meat section, you were thinking maybe you'd have a cookout this weekend and the ground beef is on sale. And you might as well stock up on buns because, well, it's summer and you always need buns.

Somehow you walk out of the store with more than enough to feed you, your family, and then some. You're still feeling pretty good though — until you get home and you are hit with that sinking feeling that comes from knowing that you can't possibly eat everything before it goes bad. No worries, though, right? That's what the freezer is for.

But what if those thighs come out covered in ice and freezer burn? Are they still safe to eat? We investigated.

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Here’s How Long Everything Will Last in Your Freezer: A Quick Guide — Freezer Intelligence

As long as your freezer is working at its optimal level, keeping food consistently at 0°F, the food inside will be safe to eat indefinitely. There's no safety concern with anything that's been properly frozen. The real issue is just how much you'll actually enjoy it, as some foods might not have the taste or texture you prefer when eating something a year later.

Not willing to risk eating leathery meat? We don't blame you. Luckily, there are plenty of official guidelines that can help you figure out if something's been in the freezer for too long. Just make sure you label your groceries before you stash 'em away, so you can count up the months.

Related: The Most Important Tool for an Organized Freezer

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Whole Foods Chicken Salad Recalled for Having No Chicken — Food Recall

Food recalls can happen for frightening reasons. Sometimes items are found to contain traces of bacteria like listeria, the Hepatitis A virus, and salmonella. Other times it can be absurd like pieces of metal in ice cream or a decomposing bat found in a bag of pre-packaged salad. And sometimes, your food doesn't contain the main ingredient listed in the name itself.

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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Just as Terrifying as It Sounds. Here’s Why. — Food News

Mushrooms are delicious, but they can also be very dangerous if you don't know how to navigate the varieties that grow in the wild. The types sold in supermarkets are fine, but the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) wants to warn consumers about picking up mushrooms from the wild for consumption.

Their words of wisdom? Don't do it without consulting a fungi specialist first.

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This Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Recall Is a Huge Bummer — Food Recall

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Trader Joe's shoppers who have recently purchased the grocer's matcha green tea ice cream need to check their inventory and toss the product out. The retailer recently recalled this trendy grocery staple, citing that some of the one-quart containers may have small metal pieces in them. Yikes.

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