food safety

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The so-called “five-second rule” is something many of us cited when we drop a piece of food on the floor and then eat it anyway. But how does cross contamination of food really happen? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Don Schaffner, a Rutgers University food microbiologist and food safety expert about how bacteria transfers onto food. More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show...

What you may not know about proper refrigeration

Sep 17, 2016
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Thanks to refrigeration technology, trips to the grocery store don’t have to be made on a daily basis. However, there are still some safety concerns to keep in mind when storing food. This week on “Take Care,” food safety expert Benjamin Chapman tells us what we should pay attention to when it comes to proper refrigeration . Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, and is the co-host of the podcast “ Food Safety Talk .”

Keeping food cold, fresh & safe

Sep 16, 2016
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Many of take for granted that our refrigerator is going to keep our food cold and fresh. But refrigerators have become an essential tool in ensuring food safety. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with food safety specialist and North Carolina State University professor Benjamin Chapman about how to make sure your refrigerator is keeping your food as safe and healthy as possible. Chapman also is a co-host of the podcast Food...

Great grilling means safe grilling

Jun 24, 2016
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Many people look forward to grilling in the summertime as a fun, healthy choice. But if not done properly, grilling can be dangerous and cause a food safety issue. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with food safety expert Benjamin Chapman, a professor at North Carolina State University about the do's and don'ts of grilling. Chapman also co-hosts the podcast “Food Safety Talk.” More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care,”...

This week: mastectomy -- one procedure, various approaches

May 15, 2014

We'll hear from a surgeon at Upstate Medical University, Dr. Prashant Upadhyaya, with expertise in plastic surgery and breast care. Upadhyaya explains the various surgical techniques and the options available to women, like having breast reconstruction surgery as part of a mastectomy. "A lot of patients now actually wake up with their breast intact," says Dr. Upadhyaya. Also on the program this week: an update on a new cystic fibrosis drug. Plus, food safety advice for mothers-to-be.

Proposed FDA rules for produce farms to be changed

Jan 1, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is, for the first time, proposing new food safety rules for produce farmers across the country. The FDA asked for comments on the rules this year and thousands of upstate farmers responded. Many of them criticized the rules, saying they could spoil their livelihood. So the FDA announced last week they would re-draft some of the contentious rules. Richard Ball runs Scoharie Farms on Route 30 outside of Albany. He walks over to a metal gate closing in one of his...

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Upstate researchers have found a way predict the likelihood of getting sick after visiting a particular restaurant. The system is called Nemesis and monitors tweets made by restaurant patrons on the popular social media website, Twitter. It then detects likely cases of foodborne illness in close to real-time.

Many people tweet on devices that are GPS enabled, and Nemesis uses this to figure out which restaurant they ate at. It continues to track their tweets for 72 hours after a...

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Coming up on Take Care, we'll talk with an allergist to see if there's any relief in sight for seasonal sufferers. With symptoms like itchy eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat, the living isn't easy for those with allergies the summer. Plus, a national travel writer gives advice on easy ways to stay healthy while you're away from home. Have you heard those recommendations about taking a daily aspirin? The world's leading authority on aspirin, the doctor whose groundbreaking research...