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Don’t let birds of any feather flock together in your food facility

Opinion

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Birds are a beautiful thing of nature and should be respected and admired. However, they do not belong inside foodservice operations or any other food facilities. Their search for food and a comfortable harborage area, especially now during the colder months, encourages birds to seek entry to the great indoors. The possibility of contamination from… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How not to poison your date on Valentine’s Day – 8 steps for getting lucky

Opinion

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I met the love of my life years before I became a bit too paranoid about dinning out. Yet, with my thoughts on the six foods I do not eat going viral world-wide, I was asked recently how to protect your Valentine’s Day date from barfing or experiencing diarrhea – clearly, neither a great start… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Nuggets of news from recent days

Opinion

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Welcome to Beach Beat — I figure when your mom gives you a great byline at birth, you should use it every chance you get. I couldn’t be happier about my byline being added to the list of journalists at Food Safety News. In case you missed it, or ICYMI as the millennials say, I… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Could announcing July E. coli outbreak have prevented Chipolte’s fall

Opinion

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Yesterday, with the announcement of an expanded criminal investigation and slumping sales, combined with a stock price creeping slightly back up from the bottom after a multi-billion dollar free fall, it does make you wonder if Chipotle could have turned its bus around before it drove off this cliff? Now it could be facing criminal… Continue Reading

Environmental health pros practically invisible, profoundly important

Opinion

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The Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) plays an important role in public health. Environmental health workers perform a down-to-earth job that seeks to protect the public from hazards originating in living environments. The disciplines of environmental health encompass programs to address a wide range of potential human health risks including contaminated water, air, food and the… Continue Reading

The Troubling Problem for the Fresh Produce Industry

Opinion

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Once again, the fresh produce industry has been hit with a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The latest involves fresh-cut salad items, reportedly produced at a Dole processing plant in Ohio. While it is shocking to see a serious outbreak in such a popular brand, Listeria contamination is a troubling problem for most everyone in the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: When is a Recall not a Recall?

Opinion

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Last week, Dole posted on the FDA website: Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., is temporarily suspending operations at its Springfield, Ohio production facility, and is voluntarily withdrawing from the market all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads processed at that location. On the Canadian Public Health site was a slightly different version: Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc.,… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: It’s Always the Cover-Up

Opinion

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“It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble.” -Howard Baker, Republican of Tennessee California law is pretty clear. The state has  a mandatory notification requirement for the manager or person-in-charge of a food establishment to immediately file a report with the local environmental health agency if any employee is known… Continue Reading

Hello from the other side: Retailers as a force in food safety

Opinion

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Adele is a singer from my homeland who made history by having the quickest selling record of all time. The signature tune “Hello” was an emotional rendition of lost love. When I first heard it I was reminded of the role of retailers in food safety — they’re involved in setting the agenda, but they… Continue Reading