Is There a Difference Between Semen and Sperm?

What’s the difference between semen and sperm?  Aren’t they the same thing?  The short answer is no.  Sperm are the tadpole looking cells produced in the testicles. Most importantly, they contain the DNA of the male.  Semen, or seminal fluid, is the whitish-gray fluid...

Onions Recalled for Salmonella–Again

Onions are being recalled for Salmonella contamination – again.  The FDA and CDC are reporting that over 650 cases of Salmonella Oranienburg infections have been reported across 37 states so far.  To date 129 people have been hospitalized.   The red, yellow, and white...

Pennsylvania Woman Charged with Poisoning Her Husband

A Pennsylvania woman acquitted of poisoning her first husband has been arrested for murder in the 2018 poisoning death of her third husband.  Myrle E. Miller, 76, is charged with giving her husband of less than six years, John Nichols, her verapamil – a high blood...

Can You Wash Away Signs of an Affair?

Can you wash away the signs of an affair?  Will throwing underwear or sheets in the washing machine and drying remove signs of infidelity like semen or DNA?  It depends.  The type of fabric, or sample material, how it’s washed, and how it’s dried can all affect the...

Salmonella Alert Issued for Frozen Chicken Products

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) division of the USDA has issued a public health alert for frozen raw, breaded, pre-browned, and stuffed chicken products.  These items may be labeled “chicken cordon bleu”, chicken with “broccoli and cheese”,...

Onion Salmonella Recall Linked to Contaminated Water

The US Food and Drug Administration has released it’s report on the largest Salmonella outbreak in over a decade that led to the recall of thousands of pounds of onions in 2020.  The report states: “Our investigation found the outbreak to be linked to whole red...

Sandwiches Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

Update: March 23, 2021 MG Foods is expanding its recall of sandwiches for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  They have added three turkey wraps sold under the Fresh To You and MG Foods brands in vending machines and markets.  The original recall also...

Hedgehogs and Salmonella

Do you have a hedgehog for a pet?  While they are certainly adorable, they do come with their own unique set of care issues.  Among those is an increased risk for Salmonella contamination.   Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella bacteria in their droppings even when they...

Is Your Food Spiked With Drugs?

By this time, everyone knows to be wary of leaving a drink unattended at a party or club.  We’ve had it drilled into us that we should never accept a drink from anyone but a waitress, bartender, or trusted friend.  But have you thought about being served spiked food?...