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James Andrews

James Andrews

James Andrews is a Seattle-based reporter covering science, agriculture and foodborne illness outbreaks. He holds degrees in Environmental Journalism and English and has previously worked as a science writer for the National Park Service. His reporting for Food Safety News has won a number of journalism awards, including first prize for consumer affairs reporting at the Washington Press Association.

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IAFP Interview: Kennedy on Food Security and Fraud

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Shaun Kennedy, director of the Food System Institute and professor at the University of Minnesota, recently sat down with Food Safety News to discuss a number of topics related to food security and food fraud. What challenges do we face with keeping the U.S. food system secure from intentional contamination? What foods are most susceptible to… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Leib on Expiration Dates and Food Waste

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Harvard School of Law lecturer Emily Broad Leib sat down with Food Safety News to discuss problems related to food waste and expiration dates at the 2014 conference for the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held earlier this month in Indianapolis, IN. As Leib describes it, up to 50 percent of food produced in the… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat Tuna

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Can eating the wrong type of fish put you at higher risk for mercury exposure? That’s the question posed in the latest special food safety report published Wednesday from Consumer Reports, the publishing arm of the nonprofit Consumers Union. The noncontroversial answer is yes, certain fish contain higher levels of mercury than others — and different… Continue Reading

Cronobacter Infections May Be More Common Than Previously Thought

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Infections from a lesser-known foodborne pathogen most commonly associated with infants may be more common in elderly populations — and even adults and adolescents — than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, set to be published in the September issue of… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Wiedmann on Big Data in Food Safety

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Dr. Martin Wiedmann, professor of food science at Cornell University, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held Aug. 3-6 in Indianapolis, IN. The discussion covered advancements in the field of whole genome sequencing, a technology expected to significantly improve foodborne illness outbreak detection and… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Waldrop Discusses Mechanically Tenderized Beef

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Christopher Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The discussion covered the food safety risks associated with mechanically tenderized beef, as well as some of Waldrop’s concerns with the USDA’s new poultry… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

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Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

Global Microbe Genome Database Represents ‘Some Exciting Science’

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If the world’s food safety scientists act now, they have the opportunity to create a global network of microbial data that will dramatically improve the ability to track and combat disease outbreaks of all sorts, including foodborne illness outbreaks, significantly tackling the spread of disease worldwide. That was the argument put forward at the International… Continue Reading

Looking Back: 100 Years of U.S. Food Safety History

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In the winter of 1924, oysters grown in polluted waters near Long Island, NY, caused an outbreak of typhoid fever from Salmonella Typhi that killed 150 people and sickened at least 1,500. To this day, it holds the record for the highest body count of any foodborne illness outbreak in U.S. history. At the time… Continue Reading

Real-Life Stories Reveal the True Impact of Foodborne Illness

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Alex Donley was a tender-hearted 6-year-old who dreamed of someday being a paramedic when he was stricken with an E. coli infection in 1993 after eating a hamburger made from contaminated ground beef. Four days later, he died in a hospital room after suffering a horrific bout of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kidney disease stemming… Continue Reading