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Five Questions About FDA’s Food Safety Challenge

Opinion

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(This blog post, published here on Oct. 21, 2014, is the first in a series of five-question interviews the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing with stakeholders in government innovation, food/food safety, and other areas that relate to the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.) Today’s “Five Questions” features Palmer Orlandi, Ph.D., senior science advisor, U.S…. Continue Reading

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

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(This article by Douglas Karas was first published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to hear from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health partners about cases… Continue Reading

Consumer Marketing Win: Ending ‘Humanewashing’

Opinion

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Earlier this year, Cassandra White of Clarkston, GA, gathered more than 165,000 signatures for a Change.org petition asking Kroger to stop misleading customers. Kroger’s Simple Truth Natural Chicken bore the words “raised in a humane environment.” White said, “When I go to the grocery store, I read the labels carefully because I want to know… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: An Almost Ban on Most Marijuana Edibles

Opinion

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When history is written about Colorado’s 10-month-old experiment with recreational marijuana, events of the past week should be good for at least a chapter. Dr. Larry Wolk, the state’s chief medical officer and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), came out for a ban on most marijuana-infused products… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Salmonella Really Should Be An Adulterant – Always

Opinion

Last Thursday the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture made the following announcement: State health and agriculture officials said today that six recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast with… Continue Reading

Part 3: History of Food Safety in the U.S.

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(This article by Michelle Jarvie of Michigan State University Extension was originally posted here on Oct. 21, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1 of her three-part series is here, and Part 2 is here.) Why do we hear more about food safety issues today than in the past? Are these issues something we really… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks to Mesh Public and Private Food Safety Accountability

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Oct. 19, 2014, and is reposted here with his permission.) ANAHEIM, CA—The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won’t be written next year, even though the Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) has committed to publish final versions of the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Merrigan Does the McGovern

Opinion

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I think I am qualified to say that my friend Senator McGovern would have liked the George McGovern Lecture delivered last week in Rome by former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan. The lecture named for the former South Dakota senator is an annual event for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome…. Continue Reading

Here Comes the Cold Weather — and Mus Musculus

Opinion

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For much of the country, as the temperatures drop, there is increased activity of mice to find a harborage area. For any food operation, or homeowner, for that matter, this means an increased potential of infestation if some proactive measures are not taken to eliminate entry. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Think like a… Continue Reading

The Role of Cooperative Extension in Food Safety

Opinion

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(This article by Ellen Thomas, a Ph.D. candidate in Food Science at North Carolina State University, and Ben Chapman, Ph.D., an associate professor and food safety specialist at NCSU, was published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety magazine and is reposted here with permission.) Land-grant universities in the United States were established with the Morrill… Continue Reading