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Pregnant Women: Don’t Avoid Eating All Fish

For most people, eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, fish contains omega-3 fatty acids and healthy oils, some of which can’t be found in any other food source. Fish and seafood also are sources of lean protein, low in saturated fat and high in essential minerals, such as iron.
8/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Whether it’s convenience, to save money or eat healthier, millions of Americans carry their lunch to school and work. However, if proper food safety precautions aren’t followed, that sack lunch could make them sick. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, food brought from home can be kept safe if it’s first handled and cooked properly and then kept out of what’s referred to as the “danger zone” – the temperature between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit where harmful bacteria multiply rapidly. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee says making sack lunches safe and healthy isn’t difficult, it just requires planning.

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM

Expedited Beef Traceback Measures Aimed to Combat Foodborne Illness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 and removal of that ground beef from the supply chain to prevent foodborne illness.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed dietary data from the 2003-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys to estimate trends in fruit and vegetable intake by children ages 2-18. According to the report, total fruit intake in cup-equivalents per 1,000 calories increased 13%. Whole fruit intake increased 67%, while fruit juice intake decreased 29%. The total vegetable intake did not change. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says the report is good news because it shows progress is being made through the various policies and programs that have been implemented over the last several years.

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


More than one-third of the food purchased in the United States is discarded. And, on average, households in the U.S. throw away 14 percent of the food purchased.  However, K-State Research and Extension human nutrition specialist Mary Meck Higgins says there are several ways to reduce – even eliminate – food waste in the home.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM

Sell By? Use By? What’s a Shopper to Do?

So, we’re getting pretty savvy about checking food labels for fat, calories and fiber, but labels of a different sort, such as “sell by” and “use by” can leave us guessing about whether to keep or toss food.
8/7/2014 8:00:00 AM

Could Be Something You Ate

After eating a meal at a new or one of your favorite restaurants, you immediately don’t feel well. Flu-like symptoms ensue, and understandably, you’re more worried about your achy tummy than calling the restaurant and local health department to report what could be a case of foodborne illness.
8/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Center for Food Integrity, Play Audio

The senior project manager with the Center for Food Integrity, Mark Crouser, talks about the mission of that non-profit center, in communicating factual information to consumers about their food supply...working with land-grant university scientists and agricultural producers, among others, to get the word out.

7/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft last month with updated advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded that pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury to gain important developmental and health benefits. Previously, the FDA and EPA recommended maximum amounts of fish that these groups should consume, but did not promote a minimum amount. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Proctor discusses the health benefits fish provide.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

School Lunch Program Findings Indicate Success

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A waiver could allow some schools to opt out of increased nutrition standards for the upcoming school year. Proposal of the waiver prompted first lady Michelle Obama to generate an appeal and led to the development a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fact sheet outlining the benefits of the new nutrition standards.
6/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

Younger Generations Take Up Food Preservation

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Headlines the past few years have mentioned the comeback of canning, or preserving, foods at home. Preserving foods is a hobby for some, while many people view it as a way to cut down on grocery costs and control the ingredients that go into making homemade salsas, jams, jellies, pickles and many more fruits, vegetables and meats.

6/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

Groundbreaking New Test For eColi in Beef Cattle... Play Audio

From the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, researchers T.G. Naragaja, Jianfa Bai and Lance Noll report on the new genetic test they've developed to detect e-coli bacteria in beef cattle...a major breakthrough which could save the beef industry millions of dollars annually, through more rapid and more accurate e-coli testing.

6/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Over the last 30 years, Americans have increased the amount of daily calories they consume. Many of those extra calories come from snacks. In fact, snacks now account for as much as 25 percent of all calories consumed…equivalent to a fourth meal. According to K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Mary Meck Higgins, we could reduce calories and increase nutritional value by simply choosing a snack that comes from one of the basic food groups.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


The world community faces a formidable challenge of sustainably feeding a growing population that will double the global food demand by the year 2050. Dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, John Floros, says “It’s a very large amount of food that we will have to produce in a very short time in order to feed everybody.” Even today, with our highly productive agriculture system, one billion people do not have adequate food or nutrition. On today’s Sound Living: building on the university’s land-grant heritage to address the world’s growing needs with the Global Food Systems initiative.

6/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


During a nine-month period, approximately 294,000 reviews of New York City restaurants posted on Yelp.com were screened by software programs for possible cases of foodborne illness. The software flagged 893 reviews for evaluation by an epidemiologist, resulting in the identification of 468 reviews that were consistent with recent or potentially recent foodborne illness. However, only 15 – or 3% -- of the reviews described events that had been reported to the health department. The results of this pilot project, a joint venture between the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Columbia University and Yelp, suggest online restaurant reviews might help identify unreported outbreaks of foodborne illness and restaurants with poor food handling practices. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee discusses the pilot project and offers some tips to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

6/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Wheat, Home Baking Association and Wheat Foods Council are teaming up to present "Flat Breads Fuel the World" baking demonstrations at the U.S. Botanic Garden, in Washington, D.C., on June 13-14.

6/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


A plan to allow some schools to opt out of increased nutrition standards for school meals in the 2014-15 school year is making the rounds in the nation’s capital. The waiver would direct the USDA to create a process that would allow schools to opt out of the heightened meal standards contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 if they can demonstrate a net loss from operating a food service program for a period of at least six months, beginning on or after July 1, 2013. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says a recent Harvard study, cited in a USDA Fact Sheet, shows the new school lunch program is meeting or exceeding many of its goals.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM

Food Safety For Farmers Market Vendors Play Audio

From the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Adam Inman talks about food safety regulations applying to vendors at this summer's local farmers markets.

5/28/2014 7:00:00 PM

Livestock Market Update Play Audio

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, offers this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he'll go over the latest USDA cold storage report as well as the latest U.S. beef export figures, and weighs in on the question of economic returns from grazing stocker cattle this summer.

5/26/2014 7:00:00 PM

International Beef Traders Visit K-State Play Audio

An official with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, Elizabeth Wunderlich, offers her perspective on U.S. international beef trade currently....she accompanied a group of over 100 international meat buyers on a visit to K-State's Animal Sciences and Industry Department last week, where they learned about advances in meat animal production and processing.

5/26/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs

Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM

What’s With the New Food Labels?

MANHATTAN, Kan. – New food labels on familiar products in the meat and produce departments at grocery stores may be helpful to consumers evaluating their food choices, a Kansas State University specialist said.
1/15/2009 8:00:00 AM

Is it Done Yet?  Food Pro Gives Baking Tips

MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the dilemmas that first time and even veteran bakers encounter is in determining when a baked product is done.

11/24/2008 8:00:00 AM