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Antibiotic Resistance: Let’s Change the Way We Understand It

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In the past few days, there have been two interesting reports on antibiotic resistance. One was released by Consumer Reports entitled, “How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?” The other, much less publicized, was put together by scientists and physicians who work in public health and do know something about antibiotic resistance. This second report was published… Continue Reading

Criminal Prosecutions Get Serious as the Regulatory System Sinks to Its Knees

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The food industry was rocked by last month’s news that the U.S. Probation Office for the Middle District of Georgia has recommended a life sentence for Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), following his multiple-felony conviction for knowingly selling tainted peanut butter that ended up killing nine people. Some are… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Not All Recalls Are Created Equal

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Just as the dog days of summer arrived and news slowed to a crawl, something did pop up to talk about. “Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says” headlines an Aug. 20, 2015, story in The New York Times. Based on data from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, a company that manages all types of recalls, the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Few More Survey Results, Please

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We have had nearly 1,000 responses to our recent survey. However, the more we get, the better we can understand how to make Food Safety News better. We are extending the survey through next week, so please take a few minutes to give us some valuable feedback. FSN has nearly 150,000 Facebook “likes,” more than… Continue Reading

Listeria and Bacteriocin-Producing Starter Cultures

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It is important to recognize that all non-sterile foods contain microorganisms; nonetheless, only bacteria will be mentioned here. The composition and level of bacteria are highly influenced by a variety of internal (such as bacteriological quality, food matrix, pH, water activity, and fabrication) and external (such as humidity, packaging and temperature) features, in addition to… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak a Somber Reminder About Canning Food Safely

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(This article by Martha Filipic, a writer/editor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, was originally posted here on Aug. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) COLUMBUS, OH—It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24… Continue Reading

Cyclospora and Unanswered Questions About Produce Safety

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Anytime there is a massive outbreak involving produce, those of us tasked with produce safety should be asking the difficult questions about our prevention methods and why they failed. There are emerging trends apparent with pathogens in produce: a trend away from Salmonella and E. coli and toward more novel pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Stop Censorship of Undercover Videos

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Constitutional rights not used or claimed might not survive from one generation to the next. It’s not good enough to say that because of New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), no prior restraint — meaning no government-imposed censorship or punishment — may exist against anyone’s rights to speak or publish under the First Amendment…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please Keep Those Survey Responses Coming

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So far, we have had nearly 500 responses to our recent survey. However, the more we get, the better we can understand how to make Food Safety News better. FSN has nearly 150,000 Facebook “likes,” more than 27,000 Twitter followers, and almost 25,000 subscribers. Please help us out by letting us know about your experience with FSN. Visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FoodSafetyNewsReaderSurvey… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Unexpected Food Safety Problem

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The Controlled Substances Act, which is not being enforced in states with recreational and medical marijuana, should be amended by Congress to explicitly allow any state marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference. That polite “butt out” request was made to the federal government last week in Seattle by the National Conference of State Legislatures… Continue Reading