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Putting Salad Bar Safety to the Test

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A South Carolina TV station recently had 15 different salad bar items tested for pathogen contamination, and while lab results indicated that no E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella were present, relatively high numbers of microbes and total coliform bacteria were. WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, shipped a cooler packed with samples of four types of items… Continue Reading

Initial Research Finds Foraged Urban Fruits in Boston Area Safe to Eat

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Early results from research done at Wellesley College in Massachusetts revealed that fruits and herbs foraged in the Boston area were safe to eat and actually had relatively low levels of lead and arsenic. Leading the research was Dr. Dan Brabander, a Wellesley geoscience professor, after he was approached by members of the Boston League of… Continue Reading

Survey: Public Wants Food Producers to Focus on Safety and Nutrition

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The hot topic of food may be depicted just a little bit out of focus these days, according to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Just out with a new survey of public attitudes on food and the risks and benefits of leveraging scientific techniques in food production, the 93-year-old forum for the Windy City’s leadership and… Continue Reading

Hold the Bacteria: Made-to-Order Disease

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(This article by Sydney Ross Singer was originally posted on his blog Sept. 30, 2015, and is reposted here with his permission.) The next time you are in a sandwich shop or deli where workers make your sandwich in front of you as you select items to be included, check out their hands. According to law, there should be… Continue Reading

FDA: Be Careful of Unpasteurized Apple Cider This Fall


It’s PSL season again. For the uninitiated, this means that Starbucks is again selling its beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), and you can barely look at Pinterest and food blogs without seeing recipes for various pumpkin-flavored treats. This time of year is also sometimes referred to as fall or autumn. But apple cider also pops… Continue Reading

6 Food Safety Tips for Your Next Cookout


August is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a cookout or picnic for the dog days of summer, here are some tips from the Partnership for Food Safety to help keep you and your family and friends from getting sick. 1. Wash Your Hands Always wash your hands before and after handling food…. Continue Reading

Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework


While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. And that includes some homework about food safety. You certainly don’t want to sicken your guests, which can be avoided if you play it safe. When you roast a whole pig, your first… Continue Reading

Data Software Company Aims to Revolutionize Access to Restaurant Inspection Scores


Imagine being able to travel to any city in the country — or even the world — and pull up Yelp, Urbanspoon, or a similar smartphone app and instantly access a universal health inspection scoring system for the restaurants you might want to patronize. You could immediately see which restaurants failed recent health inspections, had major… Continue Reading

Schacht Interview: Using Restaurant Inspection Data to Improve Public Health


Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County to improve… Continue Reading

FSN Writer Beecher Wins Five Washington Press Association Awards


Food Safety News writer Cookson Beecher won five awards — all of them in the daily news category — at the 2015 Washington Press Association awards banquet held on May 9 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Four of the awards came in first place, and one came in third. Here are the awards she took… Continue Reading