Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Contributing Writers

Claire Mitchell

Claire Mitchell

Claire received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in Energy and the Environment in May 2010. She received her B.A., majoring in English, from Villanova University, magna cum laude. During law school, Claire served as Articles Editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, was elected President of the Legal Emergency Aid Project and elected Treasurer of Hofstra Law Women. She is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree in Food and Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. In August 2010, Claire was selected as the recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship, part of a new public/private partnership that will allow the University of Arkansas School of Law to partner with leaders in the food and agricultural legal communities. Although she began the LL.M. Program in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Claire is now living in Seattle in order to devote more time to her work at Marler Clark and is completing her LL.M. degree through distance learning. In addition to her academic and professional commitments, Claire blogs on Food Poison Journal and has been published in the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Update and the American Agricultural Law Association’s Update.

Articles Written by Claire Mitchell

Subscribe to this author via RSS

One Death, 8 Illnesses in Wisconsin E. Coli Outbreak

According to reporter Steven Elbow of The Capital Times, health officials from State and Green counties in Wisconsin are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has claimed the life of a 1-year-old girl and has sickened several others. Elbow wrote: “The Wisconsin Division of Public Health and our department here in Green County are investigating… Continue Reading

Health Canada Issues Reminder of Raw Milk Risks

Health Canada, Canada’s government agency responsible for national public health, last week issued a press release reminding its citizens not to drink raw (unpasteurized) milk because it could contain bacteria that can make you seriously ill. The agency explains: Unpasteurized milk has historically been linked to many serious diseases. In addition, several different kinds of… Continue Reading

Study: Food Safety Issues at DC Farmers Markets

Esther French, Mattea Kramer and Maggie Clark, fellows with News21, a national university reporting project at the University of Maryland, recently conducted an investigation into the safety of poultry sold at certain farmers’ markets in Washington D.C. Their report appeared in the July 22 issue of the Washington Post. The investigation revealed some unsettling results… Continue Reading

Health Experts Examine New Food Safety Law

This past weekend, environmental health professionals, local, state and federal health department officials, industry representatives, teachers and students, convened in Columbus, Ohio for the 75th National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference (AEC). However, as organizers of the event described, it is so much more than just a conference. NEHA representatives explained that the… Continue Reading

FDA Moves Toward Greater Transparency

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday that it is disclosing more information about inspections and court actions, and now has a web portal on its enforcement activities as part of Phase II of the agency’s Transparency Initiative. Now, FDA’s enforcement and compliance-related activities will be more accessible, downloadable, and searchable online. According… Continue Reading

USDA Researchers Shed Light on Produce Safety

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) working at the Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, have developed and patented an advanced scanning system to be used in fresh produce packinghouses to detect certain kinds of exterior defects or contaminants. According to an article published May 10,… Continue Reading

USDA Researchers Try to Make Shellfish Safer

When considering the best time of year to eat oysters, clams, mussels, and other mollusks, consumers may often hear the advice, “Never eat shellfish unless there is an R in the month.” This rule of thumb suggests that it is safer to eat shellfish from September through April and to avoid it from May to… Continue Reading

Beware of Lead in Ceramic Kitchenware

Several months ago, Gerald O’Malley, the director of clinical research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Emergency Department in Philadelphia, took a stroll through Philadelphia’s Chinatown district. Recently hired by the hospital in July 2010, O’Malley wanted to orient himself with his new neighborhood. On his walk, he noticed dozens of shops selling colorfully decorated ceramic… Continue Reading

Study Suggests Less Salmonella in Organic Chicken

The prevalence of fecal Salmonella and anti-microbial Salmonella is lower in certified-organic broiler chickens than in chickens that are conventionally raised, according to a study recently published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.  The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Georgia in collaboration with scientists at Ohio State University and North Carolina State… Continue Reading