bottled-waterThere are several claims that storing plastic bottled water in hot cars can lead to cancer especially breast cancer in humans. The assertion is that the heat in the car causes the plastic bottle to leach certain chemicals into the water, which is then consumed leading to inadvertent ingestion of potential carcinogens!

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the truth to these claims. Is it really a myth or fact! To determine this there must be supporting information.

A statement from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) dated June 8th 2007, entitled “Science proves that plastic bottled water containers are safe under a variety of conditions”, states that there are no studies that prove this theory; instead, these allegations have been perpetuated by emails and media hype that only frighten and confuse consumers.

stuffed-turkeyFood plays a significant role in many celebrations.  Stuffed turkey is a tradition at Christmas time and for our North American friends turkey is Thanksgiving.

It is always important to follow safe food-handling practices to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading and causing foodborne illness because cooking a home stuffed turkey can be somewhat riskier than cooking one not stuffed.  If the stuffing is not cooked and handled properly, food borne illness can occur.

christmas-cookiesOne of the treats of the holiday season is “testing” cookie dough before it is baked.  But, eating cookie dough that contains raw eggs could turn a fun time into a miserable experience.

Raw eggs sometimes contain salmonella enteritidis, a bacteria that can make people very sick.

It is recommended that people do not eat raw or undercooked eggs yolks, egg whites or any product containing them.  This also includes homemade eggnog, ice cream and mayonnaise, some other holiday favourites.