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Colorado bans letters, numbers, symbols on restaurant reports

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He does not make much use of the veto power and he is the former owner of a popular Denver brew pub. Both of those facts make it unlikely that Gov. John Hickenlooper will veto popular House Bill 16-1401, which ups fees and sets new policy for restaurant inspections. HB 16-1401, which first passed the Democratically-controlled Colorado… Continue Reading

Food protection group agrees norovirus needs more attention

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID — On… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading

OSHA finalizes protection for food safety whistleblowers

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Food company employees — from field workers to grocery store clerks — are on the front lines of food safety efforts but are sometimes reluctant to speak up about problems because they fear retaliation. A new rule, published Monday in the Federal Register, defines whistleblower protections for employees who disclose information about potential food safety problems…. Continue Reading

3 steps to cleaner hands, safer food: Learn, develop, implement

Opinion

Attendees at the Council III meeting Sunday at the Conference for Food Protection bi-annual meeting discussed hand washing guidelines and policy. (Photo by Jim Mann)

Editor’s note: The outbreak referenced in this meeting coverage was linked to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Simi Valley, CA, and sickened an estimated 230 to 1,500 people, according to public health officials. Council meetings at the bi-annual Conference for Food Protection meeting turned to hand washing and norovirus this past weekend as a 2015 outbreak became a… Continue Reading

Retailers, even those on wheels, can take steps to prevent contamination

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Chef Roy Choi eight years ago moved on to the mean streets of Los Angeles looking for customers in his Kogi Korean BBQ truck. In his rear window came a never-ending parade of food trucks that would revolutionize street food, seemingly overnight. By 2008 when Kogi Korean BBQ set the new standard, street vending of… Continue Reading

Practical solutions to food safety problems take center stage

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No matter how advanced mapping apps become, they can’t tell you where to go unless you know where you are to begin with, just as those in the food supply chain must assess their operations before they can plan a route to a new food safety environment. That new environment, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

FSA begins reporting on recent food safety incidents in UK

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The Food Standards Agency for the United Kingdom has for the first time published a summary of recent food incidents. It covers the period between October and December 2015. The list is a summary of alerts issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw products. It also includes information about the agency’s work on foodborne outbreak… Continue Reading

Meat substitutes: Safer and just as tasty as the real thing?

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Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served. The “Soul Bowl,” a mélange of beans, rice and veggies, had what looked and tasted like… Continue Reading

Paving a path to safer produce via integration

Opinion

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Editor’s note: Michael R. Taylor is deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Stephen Ostroff, formerly FDA’s acting commissioner, has been named to succeed Taylor on June 1. The pair collaborated to write this FDA Blog entry. Ever since the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted in… Continue Reading