Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Contributing Writers

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.

Articles Written by James Andrews

Subscribe to this author via RSS

CDC Shares Data on E. Coli and Salmonella in Beef

ground beef

A widely held belief among food safety experts is that the U.S. beef industry has made enormous strides in the past two decades to reduce outbreaks and recalls associated with beef. One of the many measures initiated by industry to help reduce illness associated with beef has been the Beef Safety Conference, held each year… Continue Reading

Dung Beetles: Future Heroes of Organic Food Safety?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-dung-beetles-image11494503

In 2011, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Oregon killed one person and sickened more than a dozen people. The outbreak was eventually traced back to organic strawberries grown at an Oregon farm, but how E. coli had managed to contaminate the strawberries remained a mystery for some time afterward. Eventually, state health officials… Continue Reading

Are Recalls an Effective Element of Food Safety?

recallbutton_406x250

Consumers have grown accustomed to the routine of food safety recalls: A food company announces a recall after releasing a product into the market that later turns out to be contaminated with a harmful pathogen, or is otherwise faulty. The company advises customers to check the identifying numbers on the product to see if theirs… Continue Reading

WTO Rules Against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat in U.S.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-man-buying-fresh-meat-image5094478

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico in an ongoing dispute with the United States over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat. The latest U.S. labeling rules, put into effect in 2013, require meat sold in grocery stores to indicate the country, or countries, where the animal was born, raised and… Continue Reading

Foster Farms: Food-Safety Leader or Bad Actor?

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-chickens-cot-image13995122

After 11 years at the helm of California-based poultry producer Foster Farms, Ron Foster announced last week that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the company his grandparents started 75 years ago. Over those 11 years, the company has attracted a lot of attention related to Salmonella, both good and bad. Under… Continue Reading

WHO Study Measures Global Burden of Listeria

world-globe-406

In 2010, Listeria monocytogenes was estimated to infect 23,150 people worldwide. It killed 5,463 of them, or 23.6 percent, according to a new study by European researchers in the World Health Organization (WHO) published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The researchers say that an urgent effort is needed to fill in information on Listeria infections… Continue Reading

Children in KY E. Coli Outbreak Drank Milk From Raw Milk Dairy

rawmilkjug_406x250

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect a communication from the Kentucky Department for Public Health.) The four Kentucky children hospitalized in an E. coli outbreak earlier this month all consumed milk from the same raw milk dairy, according to multiple reports and the mother of one of the sickened children. The Kentucky Department… Continue Reading

What Parents Need to Know About E. Coli

SickChildMain

September has proven to be a tragic month in terms of E. coli infecting children. At the beginning of the month, two young girls in the Pacific Northwest died from unrelated E. coli O157:H7 infections. First, the bacteria took the life of 4-year-old Oregonian Serena Profitt on Sept. 8, and then, days later, 3-year-old Brooklyn… Continue Reading

Could Yelp and Twitter Become Tools to Detect Foodborne Outbreaks?

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-businessman-typing-laptop-keyboard-image27148948

Social media platforms such as Yelp and Twitter have significantly altered the online landscape for restaurants. Now anyone with an Internet connection and an opinion can broadcast their thoughts to others interested in visiting. But what if public health officials could use Yelp and Twitter to track people mentioning foodborne illnesses online to detect outbreaks… Continue Reading

Study: Flame Retardants in Baby Food Well Below Unsafe Levels

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-cute-baby-eating-solid-food-spoon-image11032115

The levels of flame retardant chemicals in baby food from the U.S. and China are well below levels considered unsafe, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In fact, the levels of flame retardants in baby food are lower than those in other… Continue Reading