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

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(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

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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?

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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

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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

Oregon Girl, 4, Dies From Complications Linked to E. Coli

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A 4-year-old Oregon girl has died from medical complications possibly resulting from an E. coli infection contracted sometime just before Labor Day weekend, according to the girl’s uncle, who spoke with Food Safety News. Serena Profitt of Otis, OR, died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Her symptoms of E. coli infection first appeared around… Continue Reading

Last Year’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickened 1,444 People in Europe

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At least 1,444 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in 12 European countries in connection with a variety of mixed berry products last year, according to the final outbreak report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The first signs of the outbreak emerged in May 2013, when Germany reported seven infections in people who… Continue Reading

California May Soon Require Paid Sick Time for Restaurant Workers and Others

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California is poised to become the second state in the country to require paid sick leave for workers, an issue that has serious food safety implications for the restaurant industry. Under the just-passed legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature (and he has already expressed support), California workers as of July 1, 2015, would… Continue Reading

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