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There’s snow place like home, unless you’re an RV snowbird

Food safety hazards

Just as feathered birds head south for warmer weather, so, too, do human snowbirds, who pack up their RVs and travel trailers they call home once they get to their sunny destinations. But food-safety gurus warn that there’s no vacation from food safety. “I don’t subscribe to the ‘knock-on-wood’ approach to food safety,” said Bill… Continue Reading

Record shows Jimmy John’s sprouts repeatedly sicken patrons

The crowdsourcing site www.iwaspoisoned.com continues to show the Illinois-Wisconsin region as the center of a Salmonella montevideo outbreak likely caused by raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was able to get a public warning out on the latest outbreak involving Jimmy John’s on Friday, just before the… Continue Reading

Briefly: Tapeworm tale — IAFP 2018 — Sanitary food transport

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Registration opens for IAFP 2018 Registration is now open for the 2018 conference of the International Association for Food… Continue Reading

Suspected norovirus illnesses temporarily close restaurant

A Seattle restaurant is temporarily closed because of illnesses reported by customers. The Pho Aroma restaurant will not reopen until public health officials give their OK. The local health department, Public Health Seattle & King County, reported Thursday that is is investigating at least five cases of suspected norovirus linked to the restaurant; three customers… Continue Reading

USDA proposes changes to ‘National List’ for organic producers

Government accepting public comments now on changes to list of banned, approved substances

The National Organic Program that stands behind those USDA Organic seals on processed and fresh foods in the grocery store comes with a lot of fine print. Most consumers don’t know much about it, but for the $50 billion organic marketplace, it’s all about the details. And the latest changes in those details, known as the… Continue Reading

Consumer complaint spurs tests; dog food recalled for Listeria

JustFoodForDogs LLC has recalled three frozen dog food flavors after laboratory tests confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of one of its products. Test results suggest “human-grade” green beans are the contaminated ingredient. The company, headquartered in Los Alamitos, CA, posted the recall notice on its Facebook page, reporting it had notified… Continue Reading

Briefly: Prison brew — Disease detecting — Deadly delicacy

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Poison prison brew has high price A botulism outbreak in a Utah prison cost local taxpayers at least $500,000 after… Continue Reading

Don’t get ejected from the playoff party for food safety fouls

The NFL playoffs are often a time for gatherings of family and friends for fun and food. Just as a team cannot be successful unless all the players are on the same page, game-day feasting must follow a food safety playbook to avoid painful penalties. Hosts and guests must buy in to the basic rules of food… Continue Reading

How sweet it is? EFSA seeks suggestions on sugar research

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a… Continue Reading