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Kelsey M. Mackin

Kelsey M. Mackin

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kelsey Mackin is a former NCAA DIII student-athlete, pursuing a master’s degree in leadership development at Chapman University. Involved in multiple sports from a young age, proper nutrition has always played an important role in good health, and performance. Her undergraduate degree in public relations and advertising paved the way for Kelsey to refine her knack at strategic marketing. Spending a summer planning events at Seattle Metropolitan Magazine celebrating the top chefs, steak houses and burgers in downtown Seattle gave Kelsey a window into the importance of a safe food supply, whether it is for festivals, or fine dining.

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FDA warns Louisiana bakery about insanitary conditions

A bakery in Louisiana is on notice from the FDA for failing to take required steps to ensure that food handling techniques, facility cleaning and sanitization, and pest protection are in accordance with food safety regulations. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Lake Charles, LA, location of Anna’s Pies LLC Jan. 9-11 and discovered “serious violations,” according to a March 9 warning letter made public by the FDA in recent days…. Continue Reading

Turtle trouble: outbreak case count climbs to 76

Salmonella contamination from pet turtles and a lack of handwashing has reached a total of 76 people in 19 states; 32 percent of which are children younger than 5 years old. Reported illnesses range from March 1 to Dec. 1, 2017, and since the CDC’s last update this increase in the number of confirmed sick… Continue Reading

Nine sick in Salmonella outbreak linked to pet guinea pigs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported nine cases of Salmonella infection across eight states that are linked to pet guinea pigs. No deaths have been reported, but one person has been hospitalized. According to an outbreak advisory issued by the CDC, illnesses started on dates ranging from July 17, 2015, to Dec. 15, 2017. In December 2017 the… Continue Reading

Loblaws recalls frozen shrimp for risk of harmful bacteria 

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling pre-packaged cooked shrimp because it may contain raw shrimp contaminated with harmful bacteria. The recall was triggered by the company, according to the recall posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. There have been no reported illnesses to date due to the consumption of this product. It was sold at the following Loblaw banner stores in… Continue Reading

Spring chickens have sprung; CDC warns of pathogen dangers

Backyard flocks infected more than 1,100 people across 48 states this past year, killing one person

Baby chick season is upon us. Some say the big question is whether the chicken or the egg came first, but public health pros say a more important question is whether you know the food safety do’s and don’ts involved with backyard flocks. In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more… Continue Reading

Information sought from South African Listeria victims

The biggest listeriosis outbreak to date in the world, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is asking victims in South Africa to list everything they can remember eating in the past month with the hopes of identifying a source. Of the 872 confirmed cases, 164 people have died, 43 percent of which were babies less than a month old. “Given the scale of our mystery outbreak,… Continue Reading

South Dakota scientists target Listeria in food processing plants

About 1,600 Americans become ill from eating foods contaminated with Listeria each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pathogen’s recent influx in a variety of fresh, frozen and processed foods is reinforcing the importance of understanding how contamination occurs in processing plants. A recent article by South Dakota State University’s Department of Dairy and Food Science examines the industry’s need for a more comprehensive approach… Continue Reading

Briefly: 8 straight cruises with outbreaks — FDA refuses shrimp

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of iwaspoisoned.com. Norovirus runs through 8th cruise in a row For the eighth consecutive voyage on Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, passengers… Continue Reading