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Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour

Opinion

Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen Ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Q & A with FDA’s new top food cop Stephen Ostroff

Opinion

Stephen Ostroff

Editor’s note: This interview with Stephen Ostroff was originally published by FDA on June 2, 2016. Stephen Ostroff, M.D. is the FDA’s new Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM). He succeeds Michael R. Taylor, who became the first deputy commissioner for the FVM program in 2010. Dr. Ostroff served as acting FDA commissioner from… Continue Reading

Food Safety for Cancer Patients

World Cancer Day (Feb. 4) is the perfect time to talk about why food safety is so important for the nearly 15 million Americans who are cancer survivors and the 1.7 million people in the United States projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Treatment of cancer typically involves chemotherapy, radiation, and/or medications to help fight… Continue Reading

FDA’s Special Role: Ensuring Food Safety at the Inauguration

Opinion

This article was originally published on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FDA Voice blog on January 17. By Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. With the presidential inauguration just days away, it’s an exciting time to be in Washington, D.C. The police are setting up parade routes and security. Hotels and restaurants are bracing for crowds…. Continue Reading

FDA’s New Outbreak Response Team Has Busy First Year

This is the first in a series of four Consumer Updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the agency’s new CORE (Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation) teams. When the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network was launched last summer, its teams were tested almost immediately, as was the Food and Drug Administration’s… Continue Reading

Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

What is the problem? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports that low levels of the chemical carbendazim have been found in some orange juice products that contain imported orange juice concentrates. Carbendazim is a fungus-killing chemical used in Brazil and some other countries to preserve agricultural crops. Brazil provides about 11 percent of the… Continue Reading