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Trick-or-Treat Food Safety Tips for Halloween

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Here are some simple steps, courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help children and parents have a fun – and safe – Halloween: Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody… Continue Reading

Maine CDC: Patrons of Unnamed Restaurant May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A

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A food service worker with an acute Hepatitis A infection has been identified in Cumberland County, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). The worker served food while infectious from Sept. 29 to Oct. 11, 2014. Officials did not disclose the name of the Cumberland County restaurant that employed the… Continue Reading

Industry Groups Ask Congress to Rescind Parts of COOL to Avoid Tariffs

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In a letter to Congress on Thursday, numerous U.S. manufacturing and agricultural interests formally began a campaign to remove elements of the country of-origin labeling (COOL) laws which apply to muscle cuts of meat. They say Congress should act now to rescind offending COOL language before final adjudication by the World Trade Organization (WTO) early next… Continue Reading

Five Questions About FDA’s Food Safety Challenge

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(This blog post, published here on Oct. 21, 2014, is the first in a series of five-question interviews the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing with stakeholders in government innovation, food/food safety, and other areas that relate to the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.) Today’s “Five Questions” features Palmer Orlandi, Ph.D., senior science advisor, U.S…. Continue Reading

CDC Shares Data on E. Coli and Salmonella in Beef

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A widely held belief among food safety experts is that the U.S. beef industry has made enormous strides in the past two decades to reduce outbreaks and recalls associated with beef. One of the many measures initiated by industry to help reduce illness associated with beef has been the Beef Safety Conference, held each year… Continue Reading

Traceback Investigations: Mapping the Maze

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(This article by Douglas Karas was first published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to hear from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health partners about cases… Continue Reading

Listeria Found in Raw Milk at New York Dairy

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Consumers in Sullivan County, NY, and surrounding areas are being warned not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Richard Dirie Farm due to possible Listeria contamination. The farm is located at 1345 Shandelee Rd., Livingston Manor, NY, about 100 miles southwest of Albany. Officials with the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets said… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Misbranding, Inadequate HACCP Plans, Excessive Drug Residues

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The latest round of warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include a dairy company cited for inaccurate nutritional claims, two seafood processors for inadequate HACCP plans, and three cattle producers for excessive drug treatments. FDA found that Minerva Dairy in Minerva, OH, misbranded its Greek yogurt butter product labels by including inaccurate nutrient… Continue Reading

Scientists Studying Salmonella in Cattle Lymph Nodes

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If you eat undercooked beef, it’s not just E. coli you have to worry about. Salmonella may be predominately associated with poultry, but beef can also be contaminated with the pathogen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 percent of the outbreaks attributed to beef between 2009 and 2013 were caused by… Continue Reading

Health Officials Say Raw Milk Probably Caused Campylobacter Outbreak at Wisconsin High School

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Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services say that unpasteurized (raw) milk served at a potluck team meal is the likely cause of a Campylobacter outbreak that sickened close to a couple dozen Durand High School football players and coaches this past month. At least 22 members of the football team were sickened after… Continue Reading