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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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CDC: Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 50 People in 9 States

Raw tuna sushi could be the source

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At least 50 people in the southwestern U.S. have been sickened with a rare strain of Salmonella that has been associated with consumption of raw tuna sushi in several states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC said Monday that the agency is working with public health officials in nine states to… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: The Challenge of Implementation

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Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a “Kickoff Meeting” in Washington, D.C., for a new law promised to revolutionize the nation’s food system into one focused on preventing foodborne illness. That law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), was enacted more than four years ago, but FDA is finally ready to… Continue Reading

Schacht Interview: Using Restaurant Inspection Data to Improve Public Health

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Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County to improve… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: Litigation, Insurance, and Safeguards

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When Albany Law School Professor Tim Lytton attended the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore nearly two weeks ago, he could sense something, however faintly, among the crowd of food industry professionals: nervousness. For decades, he said, the public has been anxious about the safety of our food system. From the Jack in the Box E…. Continue Reading

Detwiler Interview: Food Safety from a Consumer Perspective

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Darin Detwiler, adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and Senior Policy Coordinator at STOP Foodborne Illness, sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to discuss food safety from a consumer perspective. Detwiler’s son, Riley, was one of four children who died in the 1993 Jack in… Continue Reading

Senators, Food Industry Groups Call for More FSMA Funding

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On the heels of a high-profile Listeria outbreak and the recall of all Blue Bell ice cream products, seven Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by approving President Obama’s request for an additional $109.5 million to implement the law. The U.S…. Continue Reading

Lessons Learned: Food Safety Summit Revisits 2014 Outbreak

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The state of Maryland has only experienced four foodborne illness outbreaks in the past 10 years that sickened 100 people or more. Unfortunately for food safety experts, one of those outbreaks occurred at last year’s Food Safety Summit, an annual conference dedicated to food safety solutions. Last year’s conference in Baltimore ended with 216 of… Continue Reading

Tyson ‘Striving to Eliminate’ Human Antibiotics in Chickens

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Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer in the U.S., announced Tuesday that it would strive to quit using human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. The company, based in Springdale, AR, stated that it has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, requires a veterinarian’s prescription for… Continue Reading

Food Safety Summit Kicks Off in Baltimore Without Incident

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The 2015 Food Safety Summit kicked off early Tuesday morning in Baltimore, MD, despite riots damaging part of the city and the state’s governor declaring a state of emergency Monday night. Violence broke out in Baltimore on Monday afternoon following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man arrested by police April 12 for possessing a… Continue Reading

Listeria Victims Address FDA, Food Industry Officials in D.C.

Brad Frey holds his phone while a video plays of his parents dancing in their driveway two years ago. His mother, Shirlee Jean, died from a Listeria infection in December after eating a contaminated caramel apple. Frey and other victims shared their stories with federal lawmakers last week in Washington D.C.

A year ago, Brad Frey never would have imagined he’d be standing in front of officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and urging them to do more to prevent outbreaks of Listeria monocytogenes. Despite living in the middle of “crop country” outside Santa Cruz, CA, he had never heard of Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne bacteria less well-known… Continue Reading