FOOD BITES: JUNE 2018

Vegetables Harvested in Antarctica Without Sun, Soil or Pesticides

Scientists in Antarctica have harvested the first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Station III say eight pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes....

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FOOD BITES: JULY 2018

Magnesium Treats Depression

As little as 248 mg of magnesium per day leads to an astounding reversal of depression syndrome, according to research conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in the journal PLoS One in June 2017.

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FOOD BITES: AUGUST 2018

Source of Yuma E. Coli Romaine Found

Federal officials first announced on April 13 an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown and produced in the Yuma, Ariz., area. Federal investigators found the source of the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 on July 28: canal water.

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FOOD BITES: AUGUST 2018

Source of Yuma E. Coli Romaine Found

Federal officials first announced on April 13 an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown and produced in the Yuma, Ariz., area. Federal investigators found the source of the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 on July 28: canal water. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners collected sample of water, soil and manure in the Yuma grow- ing region. The investigators used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to make the match. This process takes a bit longer than other testing methods, but it’s like DNA fingerprints for pathogens, say investigators at both the CDC and the FDA. In all, 218 individuals became ill from the outbreak in 36 states and in Canada; 27 of those developed hemo- lytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure; and five died, according to the CDC’s final report. Laboratory testing of other environmental samples continues and the FDA is still working to discover how the E. coli bacteria entered the water and the ways it could have contaminated romaine lettuce in the region.



ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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