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Fish tales: Angler offers tips on safest options for fish lovers

Contributed

Apart from the fact that fish is rich in protein and low in saturated fat, it is also a good source of omega-3, a fatty acid which is known to reduce the risk of abnormal heartbeats that can cause sudden death. The same fatty acid also helps to decrease triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and… Continue Reading

Americans have a right to know: Where’s the beef — from?

Opinion

This week marks the beginning of formal talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement President Donald Trump has called the “worst deal in history.” To make it a better deal, his Administration released a set of negotiating objectives last month, but they ignored the most outrageous example of how American consumers… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Rosalinda Salinas-Castro of FSIS

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Rosalinda Salinas-Castro loves the work she does for FSIS and has devoted 18 years of her life to the Agency. As a consumer safety inspector (CSI),… Continue Reading

Letter from the Editor: The mouse is making me feel queasy

Opinion

Between the time I first began working for a daily newspaper and today, we’ve seen media ownership become much more concentrated. Back then when 50 or 60 mostly family corporations owned most of the media outlets in the country, most journalists who worked for them were troubled even by that concentration for the families generated… Continue Reading

Blow out your birthday cake candles, unless you’re sick

Opinion

Editor’s note: A recent experiment at Clemson University examined the potential spread of bacteria from people blowing out candles on birthday cakes. We all look forward to that one day a year when family and friends gather around in song to watch you blow out the candles on your birthday cake. In my house, it wasn’t just once a… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Fill USDA’s top food safety posts now

Opinion

UPDATED: So far,  so good. Secretary Perdue has named, on a temporary basis,  two USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) career employees to the top jobs. Paul Kiecker is acting FSIS administrator and Carmen Rottenberg is acting deputy undersecretary for food safety. A couple days ago we ran Al Almanza official farewell message. He’s been… Continue Reading

A farewell message from Al Almanza after 39 years with FSIS

Opinion

Editor’s note: Originally posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a Constituent Update, this message from Al Almanza comes as he prepares for his last day on the job at the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. He is set to retire July 31. After 39 years with FSIS, I am retiring from public… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why the US imports tainted food that can kill you

Opinion

From an Op-ed on the Hill this week.  Here is an excerpt: This week the CDC reported that at least 47 people were stricken with Salmonella, with one death, likely linked to papayas imported from Mexico. In the summer of 2016 came reports of hepatitis A tainted scallops sickening 292 in Hawaii. In that outbreak two died of liver… Continue Reading

Foodservice: Front lines of food safety require sacrifices

Opinion

His day had just begun but already he was headed back home. The look of defeat in his eyes, the slight grimace on his face, and the sweat on his brow gave it all away: He was going home sick. During the past several months I have had the privilege of interviewing and surveying dozens of… 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