Laura Mushrush is a digital and print journalist with a specialty in livestock production. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2013 with degrees in agricultural journalism and animal science and industry, she worked as an associate editor for Farm Talk Newspaper, covering the four-state area of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. From there, she joined the editorial team for Drovers Magazine, where she covered ag policy, food safety, business management and production practices for the U.S. beef industry. Recently, Mushrush has taken her career international with photography and feature pieces appearing in British, Canadian and Swedish publications. When she’s not writing, Mushrush is working on her family’s purebred Red Angus ranch or for their specialty meat company. She takes her scotch neat, steak rare and burgers cooked to 160 degrees F.
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They are everywhere, taking reliable measurements on a rigorous schedule in storage facilities, shipping containers and retail refrigerator units across the globe. From multiple temperatures at pinpoint times during transportation, to appliance maintenance of freezers at the supermarket, massive amounts of data are collected and automatically sent off to a central cloud database. For the… Continue Reading
This year, FDA will issue nearly 2,500 FDA Form 483s, and mail countless warning letters to food companies. Sometimes, even the most subtle food safety failures can cause FDA to threaten to shut your facility down. In the most recent examples involving producers of raw cookie dough, packaged ready-to-eat salads, seafood, hummus, and milk powder,… Continue Reading
Area hospitals in Chicago see a string of illnesses due to E coli O157, with more cases quickly popping up across the state. A look into the sick patients’ activities reveals they all ate sprouts at a popular sandwich chain, triggering an investigation down the supply chain. It isn’t long till the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading
It’s the dead of summer and a truckload of fresh beef is making its way from the Texas Panhandle to a distribution center in Tennessee. Somewhere around mile 670, in western Arkansas, the truck breaks down. A quick assessment by the driver reveals it’s a major breakdown and backup is called. In total, the trailer… Continue Reading
There are mountains of it; fresh, nutritious, beautiful — belonging on the finished plates of high-end restaurants, school lunch trays and dinner tables across America. But instead, it’s dumped into landfills to rot into nothing — enough each year to feed 3 billion people. On top of that overall estimate, the Food and Agriculture Organization… Continue Reading
A breach in food safety is enough to knock restaurants, grocers, retailers and everyone in the supply chain to their knees when contaminated food contaminates the trust consumers have in their products. Take Chipotle Mexican Grill for example, the most recent poster child for damaged customer relationships. In July 2015, the first of six foodborne… Continue Reading