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Letter to the Editor: CA needs to close antibiotic loopholes

Opinion

Editor’s note: A group of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health sent the below letter to several California officials this past week. It is reprinted here with the permission of the authors.  To: Dr. Annette Jones, State Veterinarian and Director, Animal Health and Food… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What the Hell?

You can still buy I.M. Healthy products – that were recalled in March because of E. coli outbreak

Opinion

After sickening more than 30 people with E. coli O157:H7 – including several kids with acute kidney failure – you would think that all this tainted product would be off the market – but no. So one must ask, Food and Drug Administration, companies, what are you doing? I received this from a hero Thursday… Continue Reading

Don’t let fall salmon run send you running to emergency room

Contributed

Editor’s note: This column by Michelle Jarvie was originally published by the Michigan State University Service and is reprinted here with permission. When I think of fall and the leaves start to turn, I think salmon fishing. September often marks the beginning of the fall pacific salmon migration in the Great Lakes. Depending on where… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: It’s past time for FDA to out retailers

Public has a need to know where recalled and contaminated foods are distributed and sold

Opinion

On March 7, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company recalled all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products. On March 10, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall to include Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter.  This after poisoning over 30 people – mostly kids –… Continue Reading

FDA’s delay of Nutrition Facts label a blow to public health

Opinion

Editor’s note: This contributed opinion column by Dr. Peter G. Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest is republished here with permission. To read this column on the CSPI website, click here. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update… Continue Reading

Shared values are the foundation for a culture of food safety

Opinion

To create a food safety culture in any organization, there first must be understanding of what this means. I frequently discuss the importance of having a food safety culture with operators of a variety types of companies, and they all tell me the same thing: “my company has a great food safety culture.” But when I ask… Continue Reading

What sends this natural-healing mom straight to the doctor?

Opinion

Editor’s note: This guest opinion column was originally published on www.healthambition.com and is reprinted here with permission. I’d say most of us have joked at some point that we’d love to have a tapeworm that would allow us to stay slim while stuffing our faces with treats. However, if I really had a parasite, I think… Continue Reading

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