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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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Maryland confirms papayas contaminated with Salmonella

The Maryland Department of Health is warning consumers to not eat Caribeña’s brand yellow Maradol papayas because they could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The yellow papayas have been distributed to stores throughout the state of Maryland. State officials discovered the contamination in the course of an ongoing Salmonella case investigation, according to the June 19 warning from the… Continue Reading

Raw oyster consumption continues, as do vibriosis outbreaks

Since the beginning of June, Public Health Officials have investigated multiple reports of people developing vibriosis symptoms after consuming raw oysters at several restaurants and markets in Seattle-King County area. There are now 25 confirmed and probable victims who all experienced the watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting of vibriosis, as reported by Public Health of Seattle-King County. “Environmental health inspectors conducted on site investigations to ensure… Continue Reading

Woodstock brand organic vanilla oats recalled for Listeria risk

Garden of Light Inc., doing business at Gluten Free Solutions in East Hartford, CT, has joined the list of companies recalling food because it contains ingredients from Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found Listeria monocytogenes in its facility. Hudson Valley provided an ingredient to Garden of Light, which manufactures the recalled oats for Blue Marble Brands. Hudson Valley Farms notified Garden of Light of the… Continue Reading

The Norovirus Woman explains hand sanitizers and bacteria

Opinion

TAMPA, FL — Hand sanitizers have surrounded me from elementary school field trips to competitive sporting tournaments in high school and college. Running water wasn’t always available before snack time, or for handling mouth guards between games. There are many questions I had about antimicrobial hand sanitizers, but had no clue where to start. Scanning the presentation schedule for the annual conference of the International Association… Continue Reading

Sparkling food safety habits will brighten your celebration

When family and friends roll into town for Fourth of July festivities, being the host with the most is at the top of most people’s lists. While many worry about campfire and fireworks safety, safe food handling practices are essential keeping your guests and loved ones alive and safe this July. Really, we mean it, and so do the Centers… Continue Reading

IBM, Cornell identifying food hazards before outbreaks occur

When it comes to food safety, being able to identify traits of what is considered “normal” for a food ingredient, helps producers detect when something is “abnormal.” IBM and Cornell University will be collaborating to help keep the global milk supply safe. Specifically, next-generation genetic sequencing combined with bioinformatics analytics, will help reduce the chances of… Continue Reading

Hummus recalled from Walmart, Target, HEB for Listeria risk

FDA reports supplier Hudson Valley Farms has ceased operations until the issue is resolved

Three brands of hummus with pine nut topping — including Walmart’s Marketside brand — are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes because the pine nuts were supplied by Hudson Valley Farms Inc., which found the pathogen in its production facility. House of Thaller, a Knoxville, TN, company initiated the hummus recall… Continue Reading

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream gets positive close out letter from FDA

After a 2015 food-safety issue, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is back in store, with more scoop shops, flavors, and respect than before. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a close-out letter, announcing that Jeni’s corrected the problems they were previously cited for, in the initial warning letter.   The company’s revenue has resumed since a health scare at a Whole Foods store… Continue Reading

Nature Path granola recalled from Costco because of Listeria

Another granola recall is underway because of possible Listeria contamination, this one from Nature’s Path Foods Inc. for their brand of Coconut & Cashew Butter Crunchy Granola, which was sold at Costco stores in Canada. Nature’s Path notified Costco warehouses in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan of the issue, according to a  recall notice posted… Continue Reading