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Publisher’s Platform: For goodness sake, vaccinate – for Hep A

Opinion

There are now 16 dead with 292 sickened with hepatitis A in San Diego — mostly in the ignored homeless population. And, the numbers of people with this preventable disease is spiking. Colorado has 57 ill with 1 death; Michigan has 319 ill with 14 deaths; and New York has 46 ill. Other states and cities… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Aaron Strickland of FSIS

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Arron Strickland has worked for FSIS for six years and currently serves as the lead consumer safety inspector (LCSI) at Establishment P-40183 in Kinston, North Carolina…. Continue Reading

An angler’s fantasy: Safer fish for all

Everything you always wanted to know about Salmonella and fish, but were afraid to ask

Opinion

A study from the University of Adiyaman in Turkey suggests that because of the presence and abundance of 30,0000 known species of fish, the aquatic animals form the largest group in the animal kingdom used for the production of different animal-based foods. While this makes fish one of the most sought after ingredients in the… Continue Reading

Moving Codex out of FSIS will boost trade, not food safety

Opinion

Editor’s note: This guest opinion column by Dr. Richard Raymond was originally publish on MeatingPlace.com and is republished here with permission.  The U.S. Codex Office is moving from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to USDA’s Trade and Foreign Affairs Office and that may not be such a good thing. The Codex Alimentarius, aka… Continue Reading

Food Safety Month: Memories and myth busting

Opinion

Growing up, September always meant the beginning the school year. But now, entering my 16th year of schooling, September has taken on a new meaning as a graduate student who is passionate about raising the awareness for the FDA‘s National Food Safety Month. The second of four children, I was fortunate enough to have parents who educated me on the importance… Continue Reading

Letter from the Editor: Vacancy says food safety not a priority

Opinion

I’m pretty jaded when it comes to the federal government — no matter who is running it. But I do know that without filling the spokes in the government’s wheels nothing is going to happen. And some spokes are more important than others. Faithful readers know Food Safety News is counting the days for the appointment by President Trump and… Continue Reading

WGS could be WMD in global battle against foodborne illness

Opinion

Editor’s note: This column by FDA’s Steven Musser and Eric L. Stevens was originally published on the agency’s blog. FDA is laying the foundation for the use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) to protect consumers from foodborne illness in countries all over the world. We recently traveled to Geneva to join a meeting of the Codex… Continue Reading

‘Desktop dining’ moves food safety issues into the workplace

Contributed

LAS VEGAS — This week’s conference of ISSA, also known as the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, attracted more than 16,000 people and more than 700 exhibitors from  25 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show theme was best expressed in the single watchword: Uncover. This challenge to change flowed through an extensive array of 60-plus training… Continue Reading

Before crisis strikes: Earn consumer trust through transparency

Opinion

No one is immune from a food safety crisis and its ripple effects on consumers, stakeholders and hard-earned reputations. Maybe you’re fortunate and it’s been smooth sailing so far. But be prepared. A crisis – whether big or small – is in your future and earning trust is critical to successfully managing the fallout. The… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: She said, he said — we’ve been warned

We must invest now in science, surveillance, systems to minimize threat of foodborne terrorism

Opinion

Islamic State leaders are reportedly asking followers to carry out terror attacks by poisoning food in Western supermarkets. It’s not like poisoning our food has not happened before, and we certainly have been warned. In 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of infectious disease outbreaks caused by pathogens falling into the wrong hands and… Continue Reading