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Poultry industry sustainability workshop excludes everyone who matters to sustainability

Opinion

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This week, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the National Chicken Council, and the National Turkey Federation, will host a U.S. Poultry Industry Sustainability Workshop on May 24-25 in Atlanta. Invited attendees included key poultry integrators, retailers, food service companies and restaurants. They have shut the doors, however, to any groups advocating to create sustainable… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: DeCosters – Three Months Seem Just About Right

Opinion

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Jack DeCoster and Peter DeCoster were sentenced April 13, 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett to three months in prison for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.  In addition, they were each required to pay $100,000. The DeCosters’s former company, Quality Egg LLC, was fined nearly $6.8 million. Eggs from their Iowa farms… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The New Normal

Opinion

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Not so long ago, errant food industry managers and executives did not have to worry about going to jail. But they do now. The government once did not have any intentions, plans or strategies for obtaining convictions of food industry managers and executives. But they do now. Before 2010, a corporation with contaminated food that… Continue Reading

USDA’s new take on the daily grind

Opinion

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The new rule-79 FR 42464 will be in full effect starting on June 21 2016. This new rule will alter the way both inspected (official) and exempt facilities grinding beef control the beef grinding process. Overall, the new requirements will impact an estimated 71,000 companies employing about 100,000 persons. Retail-exempt facilities regularly mix cuts of… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do a massive food recall and Donald Trump have in common?

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Well, other than two things – both contain items with orange colored flesh and both absorbed last week’s news cycle – nothing else.  But, I got your attention. What do we know about the current frozen food Listeria outbreak and recall? In March of 2016, as part of a routine investigation into a report of… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Exchange with CDC shows Chipotle still in denial

Opinion

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You cannot make this stuff up. Chipotle Mexican Grill just keeps on giving. The Denver burrito chain was much in the news in the last half of 2015 with its back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back outbreaks involving one pathogen or another, sickening its customers and closing stores by the cluster. Not much was left of Chipotle’s “food with integrity”… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Bit(e) of history of outbreak criminal prosecutions

Opinion

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I thought it might be helpful to see a few cases where a food borne outbreak brought the attention of the US Attorney’s office. “Forwarded is Forearmed.” Odwalla:  In 1998 in what was the first criminal conviction in a large-scale food-poisoning outbreak, Odwalla Inc. pleaded guilty to violating Federal food safety laws and agreed to pay… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will the Justice Department look at Dole’s history of recalls and outbreaks?

Opinion

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In a press release last week Dole announced that it had “recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns.”  Dole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s investigation stems from a Listeria outbreak that sickened 19… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do Dole, Blue Bell, Bidart and Chipotle have in Common?

Opinion

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Yes, they are all under criminal investigation. Over the last week I have been in New York, Dallas, Phoenix, Boise, Fayetteville and San Francisco – and I was supposed to go to Chicago.  I really need to mow my lawn and clean the chicken coop, so I will let this speech by a U.S. Attorney… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Hand washing goes high tech during Vegas demo

Opinion

Steve Russak, COO of CloudClean, describes the capabilities of a new hand wash performance system with chefs from a variety of casino kitchens Tuesday. The system converts current handwash rules into a staff reminder and reporting program. The electronic network set up for handwash verification has a secondary use for tracking temperatures during food preparation and storage. (Photo by Jim Mann)

UPDATED: Coverage of Wednesday activities added The Norovirus Summit III picked up where last week’s Conference For Food Protection left off. Presentations and workshops took on the Norovirus challenge from beating back biofilms to data-driven hand washing systems. This workshop was part of the second annual combined meeting between the Nevada Foodservice  and the Nevada… Continue Reading