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Part 2: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

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(This article, focused on growers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1, focused on consumers, can be found here.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States. This… Continue Reading

Part 1: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

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(This article, focused on consumers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 2, focused on growers, will appear tomorrow.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Naughty and Nice Nominations Now Due

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Traditions mean more to us at Food Safety News than the town of Waging, Germany. You may have read about it. It’s the town in the Alps where the gentleman who long played Santa just decided to retire with no obvious successor. The town decided to take this opportunity to dump Santa. It held a… Continue Reading

How to Store Eggs Safely: It Depends on How You Look at the Data

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The debate over how to store shell eggs has been going on ever since the chicken laid the first egg, if we assume the former came before the latter. Our ancestors looked at a range of techniques to preserve eggs, from burying them in lime to coating them with sodium silicate (water glass). The methods… Continue Reading

From Wariness to Welcome: Engaging New England on Food Safety

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(This blog post by Michael R. Taylor, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, was published Dec. 4, 2014, on FDA Voice. It is the first of two posts about state listening sessions on updates to four FDA rules proposed to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.) What a difference a year makes. In August… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Restaurant Inspections

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My first job was behind a soda fountain in a small town general store with a lunch counter and four booths. Ever since, I’ve had it in the back of my mind that I should someday open my own restaurant. Once, when I came close to doing it, a friend whom I’d talked out of… Continue Reading

Chinese Demand for Dairy Products Spurs U.S. Exports

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What happens when 1.36 billion people in China migrate toward cities, draw middle-class wages and shift toward “Western” foods such as ice cream, cheese pizza and strawberry-flavored milk? One result: larger profits for U.S. dairy processors, who, like dairy exporters in other countries, are charging record prices for their products at home and abroad, according to… Continue Reading

‘Turkey Day’ and an Expression of Gratitude

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(This commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, originally appeared in the Alliance’s Friday Update of Nov. 21, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) Thanksgiving is a traditional time to focus on the good things for which we are grateful. FDA is near the top of my… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: One, Two, Three Sprouts, You’re Out

Opinion

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Three sprout outbreaks (Sproutbreak – Sproutpocalypse – Sproutageddon – Sproutataclysm – Sproutastrophe) caused by Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria outbreaks since August?  One has been deadly and all have sent dozens to the hospital. As of yesterday, the CDC has reported a total of 63 persons infected with Salmonella Enteritidis from 10 states: Connecticut, Maine,… Continue Reading