The precise information afforded by genomic sequencing is now making it easier for the FDA to investigate outbreaks of food-borne illness before they become large scale. Whole genome sequencing is now being used in real time for pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses,…

Millions are at risk of food insecurity amid escalating war in Yemen, a country that already suffered from entrenched poverty before the fighting intensified this past spring. The Numbers:

It was no mere coincidence that in 1972 North Karelian men—who happened to love their butter fried smelt and pork sausage—had the highest rate of heart attacks not only in Finland, but in the world, according to this excerpt of Dan Buettner’s must-read book, The Blue Zones…

As travel and trade expands, food safety is an increasingly global concern that requires careful coordination and political attention, WHO emphasized yesterday.

Do-it-yourself dentistry is on the rise in Britain where affordable kits containing all the fixings for lost fillings, caps and crowns can be bought at the corner “pound store.”  Oral health inequality is particularly bad because dentistry has in effect been privatized,…

A new 2% junk food tax is hitting Navajo Nation to encourage shoppers to buy healthier options, in hopes of curbing rampant obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The Hitch: Fruits and veggies are in limited supply, and 42% of people live below the federal poverty line. When…

Giving out nutritional supplements can have positive effects on health care systems in low- and middle-income countries, writes Anita Chary, an MD/PhD candidate at Washington University. Case-in-point: Nutributter in Nicaragua. Children’s caregivers who visited health…

Foodborne illnesses sicken some 48 million people in the US each year. The federal Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration studied nearly 1,000 foodborne outbreaks—mainly from 2008 to 2012—to identify foods that frequently transmit E. Coli, Salmonella,…

Limiting sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories consumed could reduce the risks associated with being overweight, obesity, and tooth decay, according to new WHO guidelines released yesterday. The new guidelines zero in sugars added to processed foods. For the over…

Cassava, a crop whose starchy roots feed 500 million Africans, is in the process of getting a makeover that employs the best that agricultural science has to offer. From an African point of view, a big problem with cassava is that it’s originally a South American crop.…