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Mr. Roboto meets Polk Salad Annie

Chowbotics hopes to deploy Sally the Salad Robot vending machines in break rooms, cafeterias

Holy Jane Jetson. Picture this. You walk into the breakroom at work and instead of – or in addition to – the tired-looking ham/chicken/egg salad sandwiches and cans of chili, there’s a vending machine chock full of fresh romaine, kale, arugula, snow peas, fresh edamame, cherry tomatoes and more. Meet Sally the Salad Robot. Not… Continue Reading

Court says San Francisco’s soda pop warnings unconstitutional

Sweetened beverage advertisers in San Francisco won’t be forced to add an obesity warning to their labels and advertisements. A federal appellate court has ruled the warning mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. The City and County of San Francisco enacted the local law two years ago, requiring advertisers of certain sugar-sweetened beverages to include this statement… Continue Reading

Sign of transparency: Blue Bell reopens the observation deck

Access to the observation deck at Blue Bell Creameries plant in Brenham, TX, is free and open to the public again for self-guided tours for those who want to see how ice cream is made. It was last open before the iconic ice cream company went through a crushing Listeria outbreak two years ago that… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness honored by California produce group

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement recently gave its highest honor to the Chicago-based nonprofit food safety organization STOP Foodborne Illness. In presenting its Golden Checkmark award to the food safety organization, LGMA stated that it was recognizing the group’s “advocacy for victims of foodborne illness and its support of mandatory government oversight of food safety.” Accepting the… Continue Reading

Increasing Food-Safety Education in Schools Could Reduce Foodborne Illness in Kids

There’s a lack of food-safety education in schools that, if addressed, could help reduce the high rates of foodborne illness among children. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at… Continue Reading

Where’s the Meat? The Need for Full Public Disclosure in Meat Recalls

Marler Clark epidemiologist Patti Waller and I collaborated to write, “Where’s the Meat? The Need for Full Public Disclosure in Meat Recalls” for the Journal of Environmental Health’s June 2006 issue.  The article focuses on the USDA’s proposed rule on changing policy regarding public disclosure of the names of retail outlets that received potentially contaminated… Continue Reading