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Memorial Day meal musts

Don't let food poisoning disrupt your fun with family and friends this holiday weekend

Fly feet, under-cooked burgers and room-temperature potato salad aren’t the only food poisoning threats on the menu for Memorial Day weekend gatherings. Pools, puppies, and playgrounds are just three of the other potential pathogen vectors that can bring bacteria to the table. But, as with so many foodborne foes, a few simple precautions provide a… Continue Reading

Penn State aims to improve global health with food safety training

Like extension offices at land grant universities across the country, Penn State Extension offers classes on topics that include food safety. But the public research university is taking it a big step further. With a trial run in Armenia completed, Penn State wants to take its Extension Service’s food safety program international to combat conditions that… Continue Reading

Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

Researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence of Listeria, a bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and death. News of the discovery comes during an ongoing listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has sickened 1,000 and killed 180. The World Health Organization reports… Continue Reading

University of Florida updates recall manual for food businesses

Any business involved in the manufacture, processing, packing, holding or delivery of food for people needs to understand and address food recalls. When safety concerns arise with food, manufacturers have a legal and ethical responsibility to mitigate any damage to the health and wellbeing of consumers. The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department of the… Continue Reading

Public-private partnerships in the spotlight at GFSI conference

The Global Food Safety Conference started Monday in Tokyo with an emphasis on public-private partnerships. Fifty-two countries are represented by 1,200 delegates at the four-day conference organized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Delegates have been discussing the most important issues and trends in food safety, focusing on more collaboration between government regulators and… Continue Reading

Friends don’t make friends sick on Super Bowl Sunday

Opinion

I come from a long line of, “Oh, just leave that leftover chicken – or pheasant, or scrambled eggs, or fried potatoes – on the counter. Someone will eat it later.” And there they’d sit – on a small saucer on the toaster – and people would nibble at them all afternoon and into the… Continue Reading

IAFP opens nominations for annual awards in food safety

The International Association for Food Protection is now accepting nominations for awards to be presented at the 2018 annual conference in Salt Lake City. You do not need to be an IAFP member in order to nominate a colleague or professional for one of the awards. Further application instructions and criteria can be found by clicking on any of the following awards. Black Pearl… Continue Reading

2018 Food Safety Summit designed to connect the dots

Food producers, distributors, sellers, researchers, regulators and consumers are connected in ways that do not easily translate from one point to another on the food safety landscape, but organizers of the 2018 Food Safety Summit say it’s about time for things to stop getting lost in translation. “This year the Food Safety Summit has organized… Continue Reading