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Publisher’s Platform: I’m having Cheerios for Breakfast

General Mills Decides to Focus on Food Safety Instead of Litigation



Not sure who Kirstie Foster is, but they should make her CEO of General Mills IMHO. Here is what she said: “As has been widely reported, General Mills recently posted a revised set of Legal Terms on our websites. Those terms – and our intentions – were widely misread, causing concern among consumers. “So we’ve… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: General Mills – You Can’t Sue Me!



When Stephanie Strom of The New York Times wrote “When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue,” it caught my attention. At first I thought General Mills could not be serious about trying to deny its customers the right to their day in court if wronged by a General Mills product. I mean,… Continue Reading

Salmonella on Poultry a ‘Common Enemy’ for Both U.S. and Denmark



The United States and Denmark are at war. Not against each other, but against a common enemy — Salmonella on poultry products. Recently, there has been attention in the media about Denmark’s attempts to eradicate Salmonella from its poultry supply. Like Denmark, the U.S. poultry industry and the federal government recognize that Salmonella is a very serious issue and we… Continue Reading

Keep Food Safety Out of AIB, Kansas State Proposal



(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time to Vaccinate Restaurant Workers Against Hepatitis A



In the past few days, restaurants from a Papa John’s in North Carolina to the La Fontana suburban New York restaurant to a Moose Jaw bar, are issuing hepatitis A warnings due to an ill worker putting customers at risk. Hardly a month passes without a warning from a health department somewhere that an infected food… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won’t Die



Foodborne disease outbreaks and recalls usually dictate the foods we cover. We usually follow the pathogens without any other discriminating factor. So, if we are focused on beef, or spinach, or sprouts, or cantaloupe, or whatever, we just follow the story. Of course, there are always exceptions to rules. Food Safety News has been fortunate… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: WWFFD? (What Would Foster Farms Do?)



First off, good for Tyson Foods for recalling plastic-tainted chicken nuggets. Second, why does “extraneous materials” in a Tyson product prompt a recall, but Salmonella in a Foster Farms product does not? FSIS posted a recall notice from Tyson Foods after it recalled 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Reason for Optimism



The place we call the “fourth estate” is pretty run-down. Its value crashed a while back, and it’s been pretty much in foreclosure. However, whatever bank holds the mortgage must not have enough interest to come around and put it completely out of its misery. Here in one of the electronic cottages on the property,… Continue Reading

Questions for the Environmental Working Group



A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its annual Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report, which once again confirms that “residues do not pose a food safety concern.” Sadly, with the exception of Food Safety News, which covered the report in a March 10 story by Lydia Zuraw, very few in the media covered… Continue Reading