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Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?



It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Dishing Up Disease: Food Server Follies



(This article was originally posted here and is reposted with permission.) Few jobs are busier than being a food server during peak eating hours. And for many waiters and waitresses, the job includes more than just taking orders and delivering food. It also includes busing tables, taking money to the cashier, and some minor food preparation, such… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Who Cares About Dangerous Supplements?


Woman shopping for supplements

In our continual effort to stay focused, Food Safety News has only given limited attention to the $40-billion-a-year supplements industry. We do care about the damage caused by the low-lifes in the supplement business. We certainly increased our attention this past week when federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), announced multiple… Continue Reading

USDA: Alternatives to Antibiotics to Keep Food Animals Healthy


(This article was posted Nov. 18, 2015, on the USDA blog site.) Antibiotics are lifesavers. We depend on them to treat bacterial infections and diseases, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and strep throat, as well as ear infections and infected wounds. In response to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidance, veterinarians and producers are moving toward… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Cases Should Result in More Disclosure


Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa

(This editorial was first published Nov. 14, 2015, in the Des Moines Register and is posted here with permission.) More than 50 people were sickened by cooked taco meat that was served to the staff at Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School last month. The cooked meat was purchased from a grocery store shortly before it… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’


Mike Taylor

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited Third Party Verification, long-sought reform… Continue Reading

Harmonization in Food Safety Starts From Within



We can all agree that consumers should never have to worry whether their food is safe. Where agreement doesn’t exist, however, is in the how. How do we best monitor for chemical, biological and physical contaminants, how do we report and to whom, and how much regulation is too much? Even as industry continues to… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Truth About Food, Ag Trade With Cuba



I take personal satisfaction in the fact that I’ve almost always resisted breaking the law. There is no proof whatsoever that some years ago, while in a small Latin American country, I was offered a very cheap round-trip ticket to Cuba with guarantees that my passport would not be stamped by the Communists who controlled… Continue Reading

What Subway Serves for Lunch Can Help Save Lives


Hens eating in poultry barn

Antibiotics have been making lots of headlines in the past year as restaurant chains increasingly announce plans to phase out their routine use in meat and poultry supply chains. Panera and Chipotle are leading the pack. Others are in the planning or early implementation stage, such as McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts and, as of last… Continue Reading