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NoroCORE doubles down on nearly perfect human pathogen

Opinion

To watch a 4-minute video presentation by Lee-Ann Jaykus, scientific director of NoroCORE, click on the image.

Originally posted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on the USDA’s website, this column was written by Lee-Ann Jaykus, NoroCORE scientific director, and Elizabeth Bradshaw, NoroCORE extension associate. NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. Even if you have… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Off to Chile

Opinion

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How many times has this happened to you? You pack up food to take up to the ski condo so on Sunday morning you can pull out the pancake and waffle mixes to make breakfast without having to go out. After all, the overnight snow has left a foot on the truck and it’s still coming… Continue Reading

Activists seek tighter slaughter standards for chickens, turkeys

Opinion

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The Obama administration once again made history for animals when it closed a major loophole in federal livestock regulations last month. It finalized a new rule that bans the slaughter of “downed” calves – those who are too sick or injured to even stand up – and instead mandates that they must be promptly and… Continue Reading

Produce group applauds extension of food safety deadlines

Opinion

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The extension and clarification of compliance dates released Aug. 23 by FDA, combined with the draft guidance documents released Aug. 23-24, enable the fresh produce industry to better understand how to comply with the applicable rules. We appreciate that FDA heard and responded to our concerns and requests. FDA recognizes that packinghouses should have the same… Continue Reading

USDA updates flood food safety advice for consumers

Opinion

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Editor’s note: As the National Weather Service continued to predict rain for already flooded areas on Monday, the USDA updated its food safety advice to consumers who are able to return to their homes.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Egg safety is out of mind until next outbreak

Opinion

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Think of it this way: There is a bathtub and it’s always filled with two inches of water. One day, however, there suddenly are four inches of water in the bathtub. That example was used in 2010 by one of the experts at the Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control to explain… Continue Reading

Summit County public health official takes issue with coverage

Opinion

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I am writing to express my disappointment in your Aug. 10 story, “Privately provided stool samples flush out Salmonella outbreak.” The story does not accurately characterize or describe the general policies of the Summit County Public Health Department or the specific actions that were carried out related to this particular outbreak. Summit County Public Health,… Continue Reading

Teach kids to be cool with school lunches from home

Opinion

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost half of the people hit with foodborne illnesses are infants and school-aged children.

Editor’s note: These suggestions come from a tip sheet written by Marianne Gravely, technical information specialist for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and published Aug. 16, 2016. Additional information isfrom USDA’s “Keep Lunches Safe” page. There’s a certain week when you know the summer is over. It’s when you start seeing the school supply… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Sometimes you get what you need

Opinion

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We all do our share of bloviating. In thinking back on the past eight years, I’ve certainly done my share. Usually we do it without any expectation that anyone will act on our suggestions because that happens so rarely. Let me give you a few examples. After watching the federal budget process for most of… Continue Reading

FDA updates draft guidance for dietary supplement industry

Opinion

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Editor’s Note: This was originally published by the FDA on Aug. 11, 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers. Under the Dietary Supplement Health… Continue Reading