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Baking this weekend? Check your flour and don’t lick the bowl

Contributed

For many people, the holiday season is the perfect time to spend time together in the kitchen and share delicious baked foods and desserts. Follow these safety tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy when handling raw dough. When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be… Continue Reading

USDA grants through NIFA include food safety research

Contributed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support for research, education, and extension projects that promote a safe, nutritious food supply. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick… Continue Reading

Transparency, temperature, tenacity can tame FSMA terrors

Opinion

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011. The act granted the FDA a number of new powers and enforcement abilities, including mandatory recall authority and the ability to levy fines against offenders. The law was prompted after many reported incidents of foodborne illnesses during the first decade of this century that… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Maria Frazier 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. Most people know about foodborne illnesses, but how many people have had their lives drastically affected by one? Maria Frazier, an import inspector in the Alameda… Continue Reading

FSVP compliance with FSMA achievable with A, B, C approach

Opinion

Provisions of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration, were enacted in 2015. They mandate that foreign suppliers provide the same level of food safety protection for their products as domestic suppliers are required to provide for theirs. This is needed as outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to occur both… Continue Reading

Handwashing for Life Olympics: Battle at Waterloo

Opinion

Pathogens met their Waterloo as more than 400 culinary professionals staged a two day pursuit of the latest advances in nutrition and food safety. The annual campaign is sponsored by Martin Brothers, a regional distributor focused on the culinary needs of hospitals and nursing homes. The location was the Waterloo Convention Center, celebrating the famous… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: What is Sonny Perdue thinking?

Opinion

In case you missed it, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took his finger off the pause button last week to implement his reorganization of USDA. He’s removed the U.S. Codex Office from the Food Safety and Inspection Service to the Office of the Under Secretary for Trade and Agricultural Affairs. And he eliminated the Grain… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Clovis likely to stay as Perdue’s wingman

Opinion

In my Top 10 list of favorite movies is “Casino,” released in 1995 by director Martin Scorsese. One of the reasons I like it is the stars played the roles of real people and the scriptwriters adhered as much as could to the real story. Robert De Niro is the main character as Sam “Ace”… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Six deadliest U.S. foodborne outbreaks

Although the United States is know world-wide as having one of the safest food supplies, there have been instances where some of the foods most commonly consumed in our country have resulted in tragedy. Jack-in-the- Box E. coli Outbreak – 1992 – 1993 708 ill, 171 hospitalized and 4 dead An outbreak of E. coli… Continue Reading

The devil is in the details, and not just on All Hallows Eve

The right equipment for the job is crucial for avoiding scary situations in food facilities

Opinion

The food manufacturing industry is subject to regulations and scrutiny that few other industries are: social pressure is ever-present, as news of infection or disease outbreak caused by food-borne pathogens strikes an uneasy nerve in consumers. Manufacturers can be subject to tremendous backlash if they do not take the proper steps to ensure their manufacturing… Continue Reading