Five safe food handling tips grammy never taught you

They are lurking in our refrigerators and multiplying in the crevices of our sinks and cutting boards. Bacteria. Pathogens. Viruses that may wreak havoc on your digestive tract. One in six people will get sick from food poisoning this year, according to It’s enough to make even the most conscientious of cooks cringe, and maybe reach for that stack of takeout menus…Don Schaffner, a food-safety researcher at Rutgers University, advised consumers to rinse all raw produce before eating it, "if for no other reason than to rinse off dirt," he said.

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Kick up your fiber quotient to ward off disease, obesity

Dietary fiber has long been touted for its digestive benefits, but the scientific research is booming on fiber’s ability to boost immune health and reduce risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers…"Consumers say they’re interested in getting more fiber; they know the health benefits and say they are motivated by them. And plenty of fiber-rich foods are available in stores," stated Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.D.A., professor at Rutgers, at the Food and Fiber Summit.

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IFNH Launches Innovative Partnership with ChopChop Kids, Award Winning Children’s Anti-Obesity Organization

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers has joined forces with ChopChop Kids, an innovative children’s media organization, to educate young people about health and nutrition in a new partnership that will build on the strengths of both organizations.

Chop Chop magazine logo.

ChopChop Kids magazine logo.

The partnership encompasses quarterly custom editions of ChopChop Magazine, a health communications fellowship program and video communications. ChopChop Magazine features plenty of child friendly recipes, proper cooking practices, fitness instruction and exciting food choices for children to explore. Additional opportunities for symposia, research and collaboration with the institute’s new Center for Childhood Nutrition Education & Research, which is dedicated to educating children about nutrition, are envisioned.

“We are delighted to work with our partners at IFNH,” said Sally Sampson, president and founder of ChopChop Kids. “The alignment in our missions, plus our experience in communities across the U.S. in addressing childhood obesity, can have tremendous impact as the institute focuses on ways to stem the epidemic of obesity and rise in obesity-related disorders such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.”

Peter Gillies, founding director of the IFNH, said “ChopChop brings a fresh and direct approach to educating children and families about health and nutrition through the pages of its magazine and its connection to cooking. We believe distribution of the magazine along with other communications efforts will help us reach out to the community.”

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Cinnamon May Fight E. Coli Outbreaks

For centuries, cinnamon has been used to enhance the flavor of foods, but new research shows that the spice could also help make foods safer. According to a study by Meijun Zhu and Lina Sheng, food safety scientists at Washington State Univ. in Pullman, the ancient cooking spice could help prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria…Zhu and Sheng’s objective throughout the study was to explore plant-derived compounds that can control foodborne pathogens – something food safety microbiologist Don Schaffner of Rutgers Univ. in New Brunswick, New Jersey said has been a popular, and important, topic in the food safety world. "In general, this kind of research has been going on for a long time," Schaffner said. "There’s been a lot of interest in spices for centuries."

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HomeStyles: Helping Parents Create Healthier, Safer Homes

Family TableNutritional science professors Carol Byrd-Bredbenner and John Worobey and research assistant Jennifer Martin-Biggers created HomeStyles, an 18-month online program that offers quick, fun tips to educate parents of preschoolers on how to shape their homes and lifestyles. Read more at Rutgers Today.