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Peter DeCoster gets out of federal hospital prison on Monday

His father must serve 90 days for role in 2010 egg Salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands

Peter DeCoster, the 54-year old son of the one-time egg baron Austin “Jack” DeCoster, is set to be released Monday from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN, a facility operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons. DeCoster served 90 days in federal custody. Now its his 83-year-old father’s turn to surrender himself to serve his own three-month… Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: California’s response on challenge of SB27

Opinion

Editor’s note: California State Veterinarian Annette Jones submitted this letter in response to a letter posted from a group of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health regarding California legislation about antibiotic use in animals used for human food. The letter from the Johns Hopkins… Continue Reading

Crown won’t prosecute Errington Cheese for 3 year old’s death

Based on the existing evidence, the Crown Office announced Monday it would not prosecute Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd. or its owners for the death of a 3-year old girl in September 2016. A criminal prosecution is still possible if new evidence becomes available and the authorities may conduct a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI). The death came… Continue Reading

Kibbeh caution: Raw recipes perfect for foodborne pathogens

A new caution notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week warns of the health risks of kibbeh, a Middle Eastern and North African dish traditionally prepared with beef or lamb combined with raw onion, cracked wheat and spices. “Although there are some versions of the dish that are baked or fried — such as Kibbeh raas, quipe, Kubba halab, or Kibbeh bil sinieh — others like… Continue Reading

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Rat Czar to the rescue — Comment now on USDA chicken plan — Cleanup on Aisle 2; pooh on you

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. Man sprays produce with feces-scented liquid A Harris Teeter store in South Carolina has reopened after a man allegedly sprayed fresh produce with what is believed to be… Continue Reading

OIG says USDA reviews of exporting countries are inadequate

Inconsistencies increase risk of adulterated or unsafe meat, poultry, egg products being imported

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines,” said early-American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. But in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consistency gets greater appreciation. In its recent evaluation of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service equivalency… Continue Reading

Raw milk dairy out of time to appeal retail license suspension

Unless it’s in the mail, the owners of Pride & Joy Dairy missed the deadline yesterday to respond to Washington state’s suspension of their license to sell raw milk for the retail market. Two Salmonella illnesses have been traced to the dairy using genetic testing, but the dairy owners have said they do not believe… Continue Reading

Opponents say USDA reorganization has multiple problems

Critics are continuing to noodle Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s plan to reorganize his large department, finding things they don’t like about it. Perdue’s desire to move U.S. involvement in world food standards to USDA’s trade office, taking it away from food safety, was the first change to stir controversy. Stephen Ostroff, the Food and… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Raynetta Jackson of FSIS

Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. FSIS is more than just a career for Consumer Safety Inspector Raynetta Jackson: It is a second home where her colleagues are considered family. Jackson is… Continue Reading

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Ben & Jerry’s dumps glyphosate — They’re not just shuckin’ corn — Top food cop plans to stay put

Every hour of every day people around the world people are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption. They’re not just shuckin’ corn in Nebraska Scientists in the Corn Husker State earned recognition yesterday for their leadership on a seven-year research project to… Continue Reading