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Letter from The Editor: Turning the Page

Opinion

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Every once in a while in the news business, a feeling comes through our once ink-filled veins. It does not reach everyone at the same time or place, but eventually we all say it: “I think we’ve turned a page.” That’s what I began feeling during the past week or so. Part of it is certainly due… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

Opinion

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… Continue Reading

Get stuffed — just use a thermometer before you unstuff

Contributed

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Editor’s note: Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher and holiday meal enthusiast, originally published this column in the North Carolina State University News.  As a Canadian in the U.S., I’ve fully embraced the holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through December. I enjoy spending a day planning and shopping for an event-style meal and then another… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another speech, another ‘shake down’

Opinion

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Over the past 20-plus years I have given close to 400 speeches around the world on “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” My “chats” have been in front of industry and governmental groups on every continent, except South America. I’m somewhat popular in China. Most of the audiences are receptive to… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: A little dab’ll do ya when it comes to Listeria

Opinion

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Those nerds at the FDA and CDC have been at it again, thank goodness. They took a crazy close look at the Listeria outbreak traced to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream and found evidence supporting the long-held assumption that very small amounts of the pathogen can lead to serious infections in some groups of people. Though… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: It is time to Vaccinate against Hepatitis A

Opinion

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It’s not just for travelers and people at risk anymore. I spent the last day meeting with the family of a woman that died too young from complications of Hepatitis A after eating tainted scallops from the Philippines. I represent nearly 80 others from that same outbreak – many who have been hospitalized, and even… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Live long and prosper, if you’re one of the few

Opinion

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So many things about the computer age are so disappointing, so frustrating, so last century. Don’t get me wrong. The information superhighway is a groovy trip and I’m happy to be along for the ride via this incredible bit of technology sitting on my lap. It’s so much more convenient than the key punch cards… Continue Reading

The man behind ‘Nutrition Facts’ is leaving CSPI’s top job

Contributed

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Michael F. Jacobson will move from being the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest to chief scientist, beginning in September 2017. He has co-directed or directed the nonprofit nutrition and food safety watchdog group since its founding in 1971. Jacobson will remain on the group’s board of directors as it conducts… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Outbreak lottery — If you don’t play …

Opinion

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Forty years worth of outbreak statistics can be summed up in a twisted version of the infamous Powerball slogan, but the researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention didn’t come right out and say “if you don’t look, you can’t see outbreaks.” The bottom line from the CDC’s report “Foodborne (1973–2013) and Waterborne… Continue Reading