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Beach Beat: FSN à la ‘Night Gallery’ with a side of E. coli

Pondering the news from this week’s food safety beat, I found myself perplexed, paranoid and peeved. A terrifying trio of unrelated stories was begging for a beach beating. I was passionate enough to think I would not need to court the muse. Three hours later, nothing worth reading had crossed my keyboard. The “Pathogens’ Field... Continue Reading

Pulled pork products recalled in Missouri for misbranding

Burger’s Ozark County Cured of California, MO, is recalling approximately 150 pounds of pulled pork products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, May 27. The seasoned pulled pork items were produced and packaged on Jan. 26, 2016. The product has the correct label on... Continue Reading

US feed plants get assistance with FSMA rules

US feed facilities get assistance from a new project to comply with implementing the Food and Drug Administration's final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Privately funded food safety lab opens at Cornell University

A new food safety lab opened April 29 on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY, funded by a $250,000 pledge from the Rich Family Foundation. The foundation is affiliated with Rich Products Corp., a global food supplier based in Buffalo, NY. The idea behind the new 1,400-square-foot Rich’s Food Safety Lab is to partner with the... Continue Reading

Restaurant Owner Sentenced to Six Years for Peanut Curry Death

In a landmark legal decision, a jury has found Mohammed Zaman guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and six food safety offences, after prosecutors charged him with being responsible for the death of a customer who had a severe peanut allergy.

Rice University spore research could boost food safety efforts

Deciphering how bacteria respond to stress could yield new clues for combating food spoilage and for controlling foodborne pathogens, and that goal is closer now that a team led by Rice University bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that some bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times. Show More Summary

Eat poultry? Data reveals brands that self-inspect under controversial USDA program

Dozens of poultry plants no longer have a team of USDA personnel inspecting chicken and turkey carcasses. A food safety group used the Freedom of Information Act so the public can know which brands are partaking in this public health deregulation.

Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program

The law took safety oversight of catfish and other ray-finned fish away from the Food and Drug Administration and gave that authority to the Agriculture Department, which does more frequent inspections. Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,...Show More Summary

FDA salutes four industry food safety initiatives in reportable food registry

Four initiatives by the private sector to improve food safety are called out for recognition in the 5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Report, which has been submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They include: Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry: A guidance document was published... Continue Reading

Restaurateur Gets 6 Years for Curry That Killed Customer

A dishonest, penny-pinching British restaurateur is going to prison for a curry that killed a customer. Mohammed Zaman was sentenced to six years after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and several food safety offenses in the 2014 death of Paul Wilson, who had a severe allergy to...

EU Health Chief Blows Everyone Away by Comparing Smoking to Terrorism

The European Union Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, last night launched a very heavy criticism on the tobacco industry, by equating it with terrorism.

Pennsylvania restaurant inspection reveals faked food safety certificate

A Harrisburg, PA, restaurant recently inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture was reportedly operating with a faked food safety certificate. According to a local media outlet, the May 9 inspection of Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet revealed a posted certificate from 2010 but dated Sept. Show More Summary

Review finds LGMA compares favorably with FDA produce rule

An expert panel has found that the best practices guidelines already followed by California and Arizona growers compares favorably with the new Produce Safety Rule now finalized under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). All four reviewers on the panel say that the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA’s) food safety guidelines provide the same kind... Continue Reading

Impact of FDA Safety Warnings Examined

A study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine examines the impact of a safety warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration for commonly prescribed antipsychotic medications. The results show the warnings resulted...Show More Summary

Food trucks with good food safety records hard-to-find in LA County

Food trucks in Los Angeles County are having a harder time than obtaining an “A” grade in restaurant inspections than brick and mortar locations or sometimes even sidewalk food carts. Those are among the findings of a LA Times review of restaurant inspection data for the largest county in the United States. The ten million... Continue Reading

Food safety down under looking for chemical residue comments until June 3

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) agency is accepting submissions through June 3, 2016 on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve...Show More Summary

The dark side of trendy food trucks: A poor health safety record

It’s a daily culinary performance that plays out across Los Angeles: Top food truck chefs whipping up gourmet meals in spaces no bigger than a restaurant’s stockroom or walk-in freezer. But even as the trucks have become a popular staple of the local food scene, with Twitter followers and long...

US study declares genetically engineered foods safe

Independent report finds no differences to suggest higher risk to health safety from GE foods than non-GE counterparts.

Essential California: The dark side of trendy food trucks: A poor health safety record

Good morning. It's Wednesday, May 18, and this is what's happening across California: TOP STORIES Food warning In the small confines of food trucks, chefs are making complex gourmet meals that compete with the fanciest restaurants. But a Times data analysis found that food trucks in L.A. County...

Today: Democrats' Split Decision. Food Truck Safety.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES No KO; Split Decision Bernie Sanders has won the Oregon primary and appeared to fall just short of taking Kentucky from Hillary Clinton. It's possible there could be...

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