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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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Whole-Genome Sequencing Expected to Revolutionize Outbreak Investigations

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For decades, food safety experts have lived with the reality that roughly one-third of foodborne illness outbreak investigations ended without finding the source. But with the wide proliferation of new laboratory technology on the horizon, outbreak investigations could soon become more accurate, more efficient and more complete, according to researchers at Cornell University, the New… Continue Reading

Final Report Adds Details to E. Coli Outbreak from Trader Joe’s Salads

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In October 2013, 33 people in four states were sickened by E. coli O157:H7 in an outbreak that was quickly traced back to pre-packaged salads sold at Trader Joe’s grocery locations. On Monday, the California Department of Public Health released its final report on the outbreak with a wealth of new details on the investigation,… Continue Reading

Applebee’s Changes Suppliers in Minnesota as E. coli Investigation Continues

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Following reports that its franchise locations in Minnesota may be connected to an outbreak of E. coli O111, the Applebee’s restaurant chain announced Thursday that it has “changed suppliers” in the state. When asked by Food Safety News, Applebee’s spokesman declined to specify exactly what supplies would be sourced from the new supplier. He also… Continue Reading

As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

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On a hillside in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, tomato plants line walkable pathways just off the sidewalk, while, farther uphill, honeybees buzz around various flowing shrubs near a wooden apiary. The urban garden is certainly a unique sight considering its location just blocks from the I-5 freeway and a five-minute drive from two major sports… Continue Reading

UN Report Ranks Global Health Impact of Foodborne Parasites

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When it comes to food safety concerns, foodborne parasites might not receive as much attention in the U.S. compared to bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. Globally, however, foodborne parasites affect the health of millions of people annually, causing debilitating and potentially deadly conditions and sometimes living within humans for years. A new report… Continue Reading

Medium-Rare Burgers: A Risky Culinary Comeback

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For those in the food industry, the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993 is known as the single event that convinced burger joints across the country to raise their internal cooking temperature by 15 degrees. In that outbreak, hamburgers sold at Jack in the Box franchises predominantly in Washington state sickened more… Continue Reading

White House Launches Task Force to Help Pollinators Recover

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The Obama administration released a presidential memorandum last week establishing a federal strategy for reversing the declining populations of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Over the past decade, populations of bees and other pollinators have drastically fallen, threatening the stability of a large proportion of crops worldwide which rely on such insects to pollinate them…. Continue Reading

National Pollinators Week: Checking in on Colony Collapse Disorder

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The week of July 16 is being celebrated as National Pollinators Week in an effort to bring more awareness to the integral role that pollinators such as bees, birds, and the other flying creatures play in the life cycles of an estimated 75 percent of the world’s crop varieties and 35 percent of total crop… Continue Reading

Congressman Moves to Prevent FDA from Changing Cheese Regulations

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Last week, the world of artisan cheesemaking sounded some serious alarm over a stance that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had seemingly adopted that would disallow the centuries-old practice of aging cheese on wooden shelving. In the aftermath, FDA apparently backed off from its position. But that’s not stopping Vermont Congressman Peter Welch from… Continue Reading

Cheesemakers Sound Alarm Over FDA Stance on Wooden Shelves for Aging

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If headlines over the past 48 hours have been any indication, the world of artisanal cheesemaking has narrowly dodged a huge setback for the centuries-old practice of aging cheese on wooden shelves — at least for now. “Cheese World Fears Crackdown on Wood Boards,” stated one headline, while another asked, “Is the FDA Waging a… Continue Reading