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FSMA Questions Dominate Town Hall Session With Top Food Safety Regulators

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Michael Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told the audience at the Food Safety Summit’s Town Hall on Thursday to expect a document explaining the principles guiding the agency’s internal work for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Taylor was joined at the event in Baltimore… Continue Reading

NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards Presented at Food Safety Summit

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Epidemiologist Bill Keene was posthumously awarded the 2014 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD. Keene was a senior epidemiologist for the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) whose work involved breakthroughs on investigations into major foodborne illness outbreaks, including the spinach E. coli outbreak of… Continue Reading

CEOs Share Their Perspectives at Food Safety Summit

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During Wednesday’s keynote address at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, the CEOs of Chiquita Brands and Kwik Trip shared their views on why food safety is important to them and their companies. Chiquita’s Ed Lonergan told the hundreds of people in attendance that food safety is a responsibility to consumers and ensures longevity… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Thanks to Kelly, Paul, Angela, Merrill, Gabrielle, Peter and Ken

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For those who have not walked the halls of Congress trying to get politicians to pay attention to real issues, you may not appreciate what seven of your fellow citizens did this past week. However, I have and I do – and we all should appreciate what these people, my former clients and friends, did… Continue Reading

Wyoming Lawmaker Sue Wallis, Raw Milk and Horse Slaughter Advocate, Found Dead at Age 56

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Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis (R-Recluse) was found dead early Tuesday at a Gillette hotel. She was 56. An autopsy is planned, according to Campbell County Coroner Tom Eekhoff. Governor Matt Mead ordered state flags at the Wyoming Capitol Building in Cheyenne and in Campbell County lowered to half-staff from now until sunset of the… Continue Reading

FSN Publisher Bill Marler Named Among Most Powerful in Food

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The Daily Meal released its fourth annual ranking of America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food on Tuesday, and Bill Marler, the publisher of Food Safety News, is No. 47 on the list. No. 1 is U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, followed in order by Hugh Grant, chairman, president and CEO of Monsanto; Doug McMillion,… Continue Reading

New Acting Food Safety Under Secretary Speaks on HIMP

Meat industry trade publication Meatingplace is publishing an interview series with Brian Ronholm, new Acting Under Secretary of Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The interview focuses on the proposed poultry slaughter program known as HIMP, or HACCP-based Inspection Model Program. Implementing HIMP would mean that chicken evisceration line speeds would increase from… Continue Reading

Indiana, Kentucky Win Prestigious Public Health Award

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The Indiana State Department of Health and the Kentucky Department of Public Health have been awarded the John J. Guzewich Environmental Public Health Team Award for their combined response to the multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms in 2012. Using food questionnaires, epidemiologists in Kentucky and Indiana traced the infections to melons…. Continue Reading

WhiteWave Foods to Buy Earthbound Farm

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Dairy producer WhiteWave Foods has announced plans to pay about $600 million to purchase Earthbound Farm, the largest organic produce brand in the U.S. Earthbound Farm was the producer behind the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed three. Following that outbreak, the company redesigned its food safety practices… Continue Reading

South Korea Building National Food Cluster Around New Food Safety Center

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Two hours south of Seoul by comfortable and quiet train ride is Iksan City, where the Korea National Food Cluster is being built just east of town. JD Kim, assistant manager for the investment promotion team of the agency for the project also known as “Foodpolis,” stays busy running tours back and forth between the… Continue Reading