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His chair at the table is still empty

Father of Jack in the Box victim working to eliminate needless deaths 24 years after tragedy

Contributed

Riley Detwiler 1993

Exactly 24 years ago today my 16-month-old son Riley died from E.coli/HUS during the 1993 “Jack in the Box” outbreak. He was the last of the four young children who paid the ultimate price for failures in food safety protocols at that time. The landmark outbreak is often referred to as the 9/11 of the… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Moving faster than a speeding bullet

Opinion

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No less than the 9/11 Commission said border security should be a cornerstone of national policy. After all, the 19 hijackers who killed 3,000 people and injured more than 6,000 others in 2001 got into the United States by acquiring visas and gaining admission without challenge. Time was when we were demanding to know how that… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Daily Meal reveals 50 most powerful food people

Food safety attorney Bill Marler is No. 40 — He's higher on my list, but he is my publisher

Opinion

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Most publishers in the news biz have a background in advertising. I was lucky enough in the previous century to work for one who came up on the news side of the industry. He was just as concerned about revenue as publishers who came from the ad side, but he understood money didn’t motivate people… Continue Reading

Deadly barbiturates preceded by 9 years of pet food problems

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. no stranger to FDA warnings, enforcement actions

Contributed

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It was inevitable. When I began eFoodAlert more than nine years ago, the first pet food safety problem that crossed my keyboard was Evanger’s brush with FDA. In April 2008, FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) ordered Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. to obtain an emergency operating permit after an FDA inspection uncovered “…significant deviations from prescribed… Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Another option for USDA food safety post

Opinion

Gen. John Poppe

From Michael J. Gilsdorf Dear Editor, This is in reference to your article, “Raymond to Perdue: Top food safety candidate is in your backyard” published Jan. 27. I am the executive vice president of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. NAFV has members who are Public Health Veterinarians working within the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) supervising… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sprout, sprout, let it all out — comment now

Opinion

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Fresh, raw sprouts are among the most notorious of offenders in terms of foodborne illness outbreaks with almost 2,500 confirmed victims, including three deaths, in the past 20 years in the U.S. alone. Add in the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe — which sickened more than 3,900 people, killing 53 and leaving about 800… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA

Contributed

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading

EWG founder supports organic fee for marketing, research

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is seeking public comments on a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion fee program to be paid by producers and handlers in the organic industry. Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group wrote this opinion piece, which was originally posted on FoodTank.com on… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Huge Change For FDA

Opinion

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Something huge is going to be happening soon at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There’s lot’s of chatter about it. From a “Coming Political Hurricane” to a “Libertarian Take-over,” it is all anticipation about the transition of government. Most of it seems to be directed at drug approvals and medical devices, not food…. Continue Reading

Check Murano’s record again before naming Ag Secretary

Opinion

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I am writing this in response to the article appearing in Food Safety News on Dec. 27 regarding Elsa Murano’s being considered for Secretary of Agriculture. The article refers to Murano’s previous service as the USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) from 2001-2004. Prior to Murano’s arrival at FSIS, every USDA-inspected plant… Continue Reading