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Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?



It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Feds Announce ‘Nationwide Sweep’ of Supplement Makers


Seven federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have announced joint civil and criminal actions against more than 100 makers and marketers of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, which one official compared to modern-day versions of “snake oil salesman and medical quacks.” The agencies went public Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, with some unsealed federal court indictments, with… Continue Reading

Study: Food Pantries Have ‘Room for Improvement’ in Food Safety


The food safety of food pantries is a fairly new arena for researchers, but with 14 percent of American households insecure about food at some point during 2014, it’s drawing more attention. The latest bit of research on the subject finds that there is “much room for improvement,” particularly when it comes to recalls. The… Continue Reading

Learning to ‘Bridge the GAPs’ for Small and Mid-Sized Farms


Waging a successful battle against the foodborne pathogens that can sicken people — or even kill them — takes some creative strategizing on the part of small- and mid-size farms, primarily because they’re so different from large farms and even from one another. With that in mind, about 25 people took advantage of the invitation to come to… Continue Reading

California Governor Signs Bill Regulating Animal Antibiotics


On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, which will make the Golden State the first in the nation to require a veterinarian’s prescription for therapeutic antibiotic uses in livestock, ban other uses (including low-dosage levels used to prevent diseases), and require that data be collected on antibiotic use. In his… Continue Reading

USDA Scientist Wins ‘Sammie’ Award for Food Safety Work


Hyun Lillehoj, Ph.D., has won an “Oscar of government service” for her work in food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In her 30 years with USDA, Lillehoj has studied the immune systems of chickens and turkeys and worked to reduce and treat parasitic and bacterial poultry diseases. Lillehoj, a senior research molecular biologist… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Interview with Mitchell Weinberg, CEO of Food Fraud Firm INSCATECH


Food Safety News recently sat down with Mitchell Weinberg at IAFP 2015 in Portland, OR, to discuss the extent of global food fraud and how we can combat it. Weinberg is the founder, president and CEO of INSCATECH, a food fraud investigation firm. Watch the video interview here or find highlights below: On the scope of… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Interview with Lawrence Goodridge, Professor and Salmonella Researcher


Food Safety News sat down with McGill University Associate Professor Lawrence Goodridge, Ph.D., at IAFP 2015 in Portland, OR, in late July to discuss Salmonella and his team’s new $10-million research project aimed at significantly enhancing our understanding of the bacterium. Watch the interview here, or skip below for highlights from the conversation: Highlights from… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Interview with Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart


Frank Yiannas, food safety expert and Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart, sat down with Food Safety News at IAFP 2015 in Portland, OR, to discuss how he manages his responsibilities, how technology influences food safety, and the role of litigation in cases of foodborne illness. Watch the interview here, or read the highlights… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Experts May Have Determined How Caramel Apples Caused That Listeria Outbreak

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In November 2014, health officials began investigating two concerning clusters of Listeria infections that seemed to be related. The two strains of bacteria had already killed at least five people and hospitalized a few dozen others by the time they got on the case, and they wanted to find the source and stop it as quickly as… Continue Reading