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Risk Assessment vs. Risk Management: What’s the Difference?

Opinion

(This article was posted April 16, 2014, on the European Food Safety Authority website and is reposted here with permission.) The decision to separate the tasks of risk assessment and risk management just over a decade ago has transformed the safety of Europe’s food. And, while there is wide recognition that this change has strengthened… Continue Reading

An Earth Day Suggestion to Protect our Planet, Farmworkers and Families

Opinion

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(This was published April 22, 2014, on The Hill’s Congress blog and is reposted here with permission of the author.) Each Earth Day, we are inundated by advertising and other pronouncements with ways to help protect our planet. But one step – curbing the use of toxic and harmful pesticides in agriculture – would help… Continue Reading

New Laws in China to Tackle Rampant Food Safety Problems

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(This article was first published April 15, 2014, by the Australian Institute for Food Safety and is reposted here with permission from AIFS.) Infected snail meat, poisonous mushrooms, goat meat marinated in duck urine to make it taste and smell like lamb – these are just some of the culinary delights that China’s food industry… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: I’m Having Cheerios for Breakfast

General Mills Decides to Focus on Food Safety Instead of Litigation

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Not sure who Kirstie Foster is, but they should make her CEO of General Mills IMHO. Here is what she said: “As has been widely reported, General Mills recently posted a revised set of Legal Terms on our websites. Those terms – and our intentions – were widely misread, causing concern among consumers. “So we’ve… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: General Mills – You Can’t Sue Me!

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When Stephanie Strom of The New York Times wrote “When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue,” it caught my attention. At first I thought General Mills could not be serious about trying to deny its customers the right to their day in court if wronged by a General Mills product. I mean,… Continue Reading

Salmonella on Poultry a ‘Common Enemy’ for Both U.S. and Denmark

Opinion

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The United States and Denmark are at war. Not against each other, but against a common enemy — Salmonella on poultry products. Recently, there has been attention in the media about Denmark’s attempts to eradicate Salmonella from its poultry supply. Like Denmark, the U.S. poultry industry and the federal government recognize that Salmonella is a very serious issue and we… Continue Reading

Keep Food Safety Out of AIB, Kansas State Proposal

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(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time to Vaccinate Restaurant Workers Against Hepatitis A

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In the past few days, restaurants from a Papa John’s in North Carolina to the La Fontana suburban New York restaurant to a Moose Jaw bar, are issuing hepatitis A warnings due to an ill worker putting customers at risk. Hardly a month passes without a warning from a health department somewhere that an infected food… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won’t Die

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Foodborne disease outbreaks and recalls usually dictate the foods we cover. We usually follow the pathogens without any other discriminating factor. So, if we are focused on beef, or spinach, or sprouts, or cantaloupe, or whatever, we just follow the story. Of course, there are always exceptions to rules. Food Safety News has been fortunate… Continue Reading