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Cookson Beecher

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Data driven: Information helped reduce Salmonella on chicken

You won’t see claims like this in any ads: “Our chicken is safer than our competitors’ chicken.” There’s an unwritten understanding in the industry that food safety won’t be used as an advertising tactic. Yet, in an important way, commercial chicken buyers can actually find out how chicken slaughter plants are doing when it comes… Continue Reading

What’s in the emergency kit at your child’s school?

School nurse works to raise awareness about need for epinephrine injection pens

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series about food allergies and the efforts by public health agencies, schools, legislators and parents to make it easier and safer for allergic individuals to manage risks. To read Part one: “Food allergies threaten lives daily; research gaps and mis information complicate issue” click here. At first,… Continue Reading

Food safety threat in plain sight; counter measures less clear

Food allergies threaten lives daily; research gaps and misinformation complicate issue

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about food allergies and the efforts by public health agencies, schools, legislators and parents to make it easier and safer for allergic individuals to manage risks. A chronic disease with no known cure. An emerging epidemic that affects up to 15 million people in the… Continue Reading

On the front lines of food safety — farmworkers have your back

More retailers seek produce, peace of mind from growers certified by the Equitable Food Initiative

Who better than the people in the front lines to recognize and call out the enemy? That’s the underlying strategy of an approach to food safety that relies on farmworkers to spot possible problems in growing fields and packing sheds. Such problems include deer droppings in the field, manure drift from a nearby field, dirty… Continue Reading

Juicing is healthy, but easily contaminated by pathogens

So many fruits. So many veggies. So little time. That’s the dilemma that people who want to eat as healthy as possible face. After all, who really has the time to eat the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits or vegetables — 2 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups of fruit — each… Continue Reading

Keep the love alive …

... and the pathogens dead; be safe with Valentine's Day oysters

Oysters and champagne. Love is in the air. It must be Valentine’s Day. Yes, indeed, oysters have long been associated with romance — the perfect aphrodisiac. There’s actually some science to back that up, although it’s about the way rats, not humans, responded to oysters in a 2005 study done by a team of Italian… Continue Reading

Clean, safe, humane — producers say lab meat is a triple win

“The meatball that changed the world.” That was the enthusiastic prediction early last year from Uma Valeti, a cardiologist and now CEO of Memphis Meats, as he admired the freshly cooked meatball arranged gourmet-style on a plate. As a meatball, it definitely had a lot going for it. It was made by specialty chef Dave… Continue Reading

From fairs to nativity scenes, animal attractions harbor danger

Watch children when they enter a petting zoo. Just about always, their faces light up with joy at seeing the animals as their hands reach out to touch them. Ask parents why they take children to petting zoos or farm animal exhibits at fairs and most will tell you that they think it’s important for… Continue Reading