The smartphone app that could keep you from getting food poisoning

Right now, it’s hard to know whether you’ve eaten something that contains E. coli, salmonella or other foodborne bacteria until you’re frantically looking for the closest bathroom. But a team of food scientists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have developed technology that could warn you about potentially contaminated food and keep you from taking a single forkful. And – best of all – preventing food poisoning could be as simple as buying a $30 smartphone accessory.

4 Food Safety Issues to Watch in 2018

Three days before 2018 arrived, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they were investigating a foodborne E. coli outbreak that ultimately resulted in one death and sickened at least 25 people in 15 states. “Leafy greens” were identified as the likely source, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to work with state and local partners to determine the specific products that made people ill and where they were grown, distributed and sold, all with the goal of finding points where the E. coli contamination might have occurred.