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Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

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What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

The evolution of organic messaging moves away from fear

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion piece was originally posted July 18, 2016, by the Alliance for Food and Farming. At the inaugural Organic Produce Summit in Monterey on July 14, we witnessed a messaging evolution happening among the strongest organic advocates. This messaging moves away from disparaging non-organic products and mirrors the main message of the Alliance… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Vilsack in the Veepstakes

Opinion

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Taylor’s Maid Rite restaurant in Marshalltown, IA, had a real friend in Thomas James “Tom” Vilsack, 40th Governor of Iowa. He gave them a waiver from state food safety laws to allow a 1920s-style cooking vessel, risking cross contamination in the production of loose meat sandwiches. There’s no record of anyone being sickened or killed… Continue Reading

FDA’s Strategic Plan: Food safety, nutrition, animal health

Opinion

FDA Strategic Plan 2016-2025

Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration posted this “FDA Voice” column July 14 under the title “Charting a Path Forward on Food Safety, Nutrition and Animal Health.” It was co-authored by Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine; Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Tracey Forfa, acting director… Continue Reading

Inexpensive camera system detects foodborne toxins

Opinion

Scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service developed this low-cost yet effective system to detect active Shiga toxin. (Photo by Reuven Rasooly)

Editor’s note: This information was originally posted July 12, 2016, by Sandra Avant, public affairs specialist for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service as part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s blog.   As the weather heats up this summer, many of us are firing up our grills and going on picnics. But one thing we… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Author blames food “Bourne” illness on Chipotle

Opinion

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On July 7th shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill were trading below $400 following a tweet by Eric Van Lustbader, author of the Jason Bourne series, indicating that eating at a Manhattan-based restaurant location resulted in the hospitalization of his editor.Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold responded: “we are aware of the post made on Twitter, however there have been… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Chicken Little syndrome hits Chipotle via Twitter

Opinion

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Media outlets and the Twittersphere are indulging in a feeding frenzy about illnesses possibly linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in New York City, but health officials say no confirmed cases have been reported. Chipotle’s corporate spokesman also says the aren’t any reports of illnesses from the burrito chain’s more than 60 locations in the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: You cannot make this stuff up

Opinion

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As I’ve said before when writing about Chipotle Mexican Grill, you cannot make this stuff up. Just as Chipotle was running out its summer rewards programs for its most loyal and frequent customers, the company’s marketing man, Mark Crumpacker, was indicted in the Big Apple for allegedly being a repeat customer of a cocaine delivery service…. Continue Reading

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

Opinion

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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

Beach Beat: Watch for Pink Chicken and ‘Microwave Burritos’

Opinion

Scottish food safety officials have launched a campaign to remind the public to throughly cook chicken to kill potentially deadly pathogens such as Campylobacter. The campaign warns of the dangers of consuming pink chicken and uses photos such as this to grab the attention of consumers and foodservice operators.

Most days news of the food safety variety is alarming at best and tragic at worst, so it is with tremendous pleasure that I can share a couple of stories that crossed my screen in recent days. They left the office cat staring blankly, yet defensively, as I chuckled at Google news alerts. ‘Nothing spoils… Continue Reading