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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

GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

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Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Epic food recalls: What’s the deal with that?

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Anyone who has been following news lately is aware of two epic recalls prompted by concerns that two firms may have produced and distributed foods contaminated Listeria monocytogenes:  CRF frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables and SunOpta sunflower kernels. These recalls have been massive in scope because these foods were used as ingredients by… Continue Reading

Follow the money: Reducing risk vs. increasing costs

Opinion

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Healthcare providers, caregivers, researchers and suppliers gathered at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) in Charlotte, NC, June 11-13. The theme was “Inspiring Innovation in Infection Prevention” and attendees discussed how evidenced-based research can resolve the recurring riddle of risk versus budgets for both foodservice and… Continue Reading

It’s all in the training, and the training is readily available

Opinion

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You might not normally consider a training course in food safety to be an innovation. However, when you consider the impact a course can have on the actual prevention of foodborne diseases, physical and chemical adulteration of foods, and the prevention of undeclared allergens in food, the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance’s (FSPCA) course is an… Continue Reading

Comprehensive verification toolkit is needed domestically, too

Opinion

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Dan Flynn’s June 6 article in Food Safety News, “Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool in the toolkit,” makes the case that the Food and Drug Administration should not overly rely on third-party audits to oversee the safety of imported foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This is certainly true for imported foods, given that Congress included… Continue Reading

FDA’s former top food cop now focused on food security

Opinion

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Editor’s note: Mike Taylor, who just left his post as deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, sent this message to friends and colleagues June 8 and granted Food Safety News permission to reprint it here. Since I announced my plans to leave FDA, a number of you have asked what I will do next.  With… Continue Reading

FDA’s new food safety partnership with Canada

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This was originally published on as part of FDA’s Voice Blog series. With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common — including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and… Continue Reading

Q & A with FDA’s new top food cop Stephen Ostroff

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This interview with Stephen Ostroff was originally published by FDA on June 2, 2016. Stephen Ostroff, M.D. is the FDA’s new Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM). He succeeds Michael R. Taylor, who became the first deputy commissioner for the FVM program in 2010. Dr. Ostroff served as acting FDA commissioner from… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: My New Hero, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas

Opinion

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Last week I had the honor to speak at the Michigan State University (MSU) Food Safety Program (for those who follow me on Instagram, I took a ferry, car, train and plane to get there).  The speech was included in two days of sessions facilitated by Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety & Health, Walmart,… Continue Reading