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California May Soon Require Paid Sick Time for Restaurant Workers and Others

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California is poised to become the second state in the country to require paid sick leave for workers, an issue that has serious food safety implications for the restaurant industry. Under the just-passed legislation, which is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature (and he has already expressed support), California workers as of July 1, 2015, would… Continue Reading

IAFP Interview: Leib on Expiration Dates and Food Waste

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Harvard School of Law lecturer Emily Broad Leib sat down with Food Safety News to discuss problems related to food waste and expiration dates at the 2014 conference for the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held earlier this month in Indianapolis, IN. As Leib describes it, up to 50 percent of food produced in the… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

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Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

Do Russians Know More Than Americans When it Comes to Food Safety?

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Rapid-fire question: You have a raw, whole chicken or turkey. Do you wash it in the sink before cooking it, or do you stick it straight in the oven unwashed? If you chose to wash it first — the wrong answer — you’re more likely to be an American than a Russian. And you’re even… Continue Reading

Safe Grilling Tips for the Fourth of July

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Since the Fourth of July is the high point of summer grilling season for many American families, we at Food Safety News like to remind everyone this time of year of a few simple safety tips to keep your Independence Day free of foodborne illness. The two biggest safety concerns when grilling involve the threat of… Continue Reading

Medium-Rare Burgers: A Risky Culinary Comeback

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For those in the food industry, the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993 is known as the single event that convinced burger joints across the country to raise their internal cooking temperature by 15 degrees. In that outbreak, hamburgers sold at Jack in the Box franchises predominantly in Washington state sickened more… Continue Reading

Independent Ranchers Still In Limbo From Rancho Beef Recall

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Last August, James Baker took a job as the warehouse manager of BN Ranch after receiving an offer from the owner, Bill Niman. Baker had worked with Niman at another ranch several years prior, and he quickly jumped at the opportunity to work with him again now that Niman had his own ranch. “Bill is… Continue Reading

Fermenting Veggies at Home: Follow Food Safety ABCs

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Fermentation has become what USDA microbiologist Fred Breidt, Jr., describes as a “movement that’s picking up speed.” And for good reason, said Breidt, who specializes in the safety of fermented and acidic foods. Referring to home preparers, small producers and restaurant owners, he said that “they like being able to pick up these nice flavors… Continue Reading

Happy Ending for Family Devastated by Listeria

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When Joanna Valentine finally got pregnant after two years of attempts and more than 10 years together with her partner, Laurie Sorenson, she knew that she was going to take every recommended precaution during her pregnancy. Part of that meant buckling down on the adventurous side of her diet. Despite being a self-described foodie, Valentine… Continue Reading