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People Are Dying from Contaminated Food, but Obama and Congress Don't Seem to Care

A sweeping food safety reform bill was passed five years ago, but not a single new rule has yet been implemented — and people continue to die. In 2010, after thousands of Americans were sickened by tainted spinach, peanut butter andShow More Summary

Letter From the Editor: They’re Not Thinking About It

Back from Portland, OR, where the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting was held this year, it’s natural to be thinking about the big things. This time of year, one that comes to mind is the safety of all the fresh fruit and produce we are scooping up. As “grown at altitude” Rocky... Continue Reading

Sacramento County Investigating a Cluster of Likely E. Coli Cases

A non-expanding cluster of seven likely E. coli O157:H7 cases is being investigated by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. Department spokesperson Laura McCasland told Food Safety News that four of the seven who tested positive for E. Show More Summary

Christian-Owned Life Center Offers Hope to Thousands of Refugees Fleeing War-Torn Syria

A small relief center tucked away in Lebanon's bustling city of Beirut continues to offer hope and humanitarian relief for Syrian refugees seeking shelter, safety and food.

Wal-Mart speaker to highlight food safety conference

A speaker from Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart will help highlight the Food Safety Consortium Nov. 17-20 in Schaumburg, Ill.

6 Food Safety Tips for Your Next Cookout

August is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a cookout or picnic for the dog days of summer, here are some tips from the Partnership for Food Safety to help keep you and your family and friends from getting sick. 1. Wash Your Hands Always wash your hands before and after handling food.... Continue Reading

Before Roasting a Pig, Pros Advise Doing Some Food Safety Homework

While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. And that includes some homework about food safety. You certainly don’t want to sicken your guests sick, which can be avoided if you play it safe. When you roast a whole pig, your... Continue Reading

As Gary Hirshberg Emerges as Face of Anti-GMO Labeling Movement, Science Takes a Hit

Co-Author: Bruce Chassy, professor Emeritus of Food Safety and Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign For years, the leadership faces of the anti-GMO...Show More Summary

IAFP 2015: A Word of Caution About STEC CAP Research for the Beef Industry

One reason food safety experts attend the annual International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting is to be reminded of the really big things that are going on. One of those is definitely the Shiga-toxigenic E. coli Coordinated Agricultural Project, or STEC CAP for short. Show More Summary

Survey: Only 48 Percent of Americans Wash Their Hands After Cracking Eggs

When it comes to eggs, consumers are pretty good at following two of the four key food safety messages — “separate” and “chill” — but when it comes to “clean” and “cook,” a bit more education might be required. A team of researchers from RTI International, Tennessee State University, and Kansas State University have just... Continue Reading

USDA to Update Food Safety Practices Survey Data From Producers, Processors

(This blog post by Shareefah Jackson, a statistician and program manager with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, was originally posted here on July 21, 2015.) As the mom of a young boy, I am eager to learn more about the activities of growers and processors who supply my family and millions of others with our fruits... Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Food Entrepreneurs, Farmers Markets, and Food Safety

Food entrepreneurs and those who operate small, or very small, food companies face special obstacles in negotiating the regulatory landscape and finding ways to safely and economically get their products to consumers. In addition, a lot of confusion exists about what the state and federal regulations are for those developing food products on the local... Continue Reading

A Politico investigation could change the way you look at food safety

For anyone who eats food, Politico food policy reporter Helena Bottemiller Evich’s recent investigation, “Why President Obama and Congress turned their backs on food safety,” is a must-read. Evich takes readers on a ride through the maze of the country’s food safety system, a ride scary enough to make anyone who takes a bite of a peanut butter cracker or...

IAFP 2015: Debating Three Food Safety Perspectives

Routine epidemiological work still has an important role to play in this modern age of whole-genome sequencing, sustainability practices in the food industry aren’t hampering safety procedures, and the jury is still out on whether reducing sodium in processed foods is a food safety risk. Show More Summary

How Grocery Store Delis Can Manage Food Safety Risks

As grocery stores offer more and more prepared foods to consumers in their delis, they need to keep in mind the safety of what they sell. “It’s important for them to have proper planning in place before they start taking on some of these new products,” says Martin Bucknavage, Senior Food Safety Extension Associate at Penn... Continue Reading

What Punishment Should CEO’s Receive for Egregious Violations of Safety Standards?

Is life in prison too harsh a punishment for this guy? Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called “unprecedented” for a food-poisoning case. The potential life sentence for former Peanut Corporation of America […]

Good news: FDA proposes Daily Value for Added Sugars–10% of calories

The FDA announced this morning that it is proposing a Daily Value (the maximum) for Added Sugars on food labels—10% of calories. Susan Mayne, FDA’s Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, explains the rationale: this is the percentage recommended by the Dietary Guidelines and practically every other health authority that has […]

This Trade Deal Could Be Bad News for Anyone Who Lives in Europe and Likes Food

Since 2011, the European Union has been negotiating a free-trade deal with the US. It’s called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and could spell the collapse of certain European food safety regulations.

The Superbugs in Our Food Supply Must Be Stopped

The food safety system in the U.S. has traditionally monitored a few well-known bacteria. We look for bugs such as Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter because they cause millions of food-borne infections every year. Today, my colleagues...Show More Summary

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