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Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework

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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

New York City to Require Freezing Fish Before Serving It Raw

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Beginning in August, New York City will require that fish served raw in restaurants be frozen before serving, according to The New York Times. For purist diners of sushi and sashimi who may take offense at the idea of their fresh catch coming from a freezer, the new food safety law is meant to ensure… Continue Reading

Penn State Launches Pilot Food Safety Program for Farmers Market Vendors

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Some farmers market vendors in Pennsylvania will be getting food safety training this summer courtesy of a new Penn State program. The pilot program in select cities across the state is directed at small-scale food processors and farmers. It includes a three-hour session that covers key food safety concepts, such as safe processing and preparation… Continue Reading

Proposed Trade Deal Prompts Concern Over Imported Shrimp

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Members of the U.S. shrimp industry are voicing concerns that elements of a major trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, could weaken the ability of regulators to reject unsafe seafood imports. The concern arises as more shrimp imports from Southeast Asia are testing positive for banned antibiotics and foodborne pathogens. More than 90 percent of the… Continue Reading

Jeni’s Again Finds Listeria in Ohio Production Facility

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Listeria monocytogenes has been found for the second time in the Columbus, OH, production kitchen of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. According to CEO John Lowe, the bacteria were discovered through “routine swabbing as part of our monitoring program.” He said Friday that ice cream production, which had just resumed there on May 13, had stopped… Continue Reading

Costco Egg Supplier Under Scrutiny for ‘Inhumane Treatment’ of Chickens

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An undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has discovered “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns” at a Hillandale Farms facility in Gettysburg, PA. The company supplies some Costco stores under the brand name “Nearby Eggs” and was partly responsible for the 2010 outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis associated with… Continue Reading

‘Dangerous’ Domoic Acid Levels Prompt Seafood Warning in California

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Due to “dangerous levels” of domoic acid found in some species, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Department officials… Continue Reading

Data Software Company Aims to Revolutionize Access to Restaurant Inspection Scores

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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

Food Safety on Food Trucks Called ‘A Little More of a Challenge’

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It can take more to ensure that food is safe on a food truck than at a brick-and-mortar restaurant, says Bob Kramer, a registered sanitarian who provides training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs. Kramer is the director of food safety and food services for a microlender in Ohio called the Economic and Community Development Institute… Continue Reading

New Jersey Township Tries Again for Fines on Food Safety Violators

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After dealing with an outbreak of Hepatitis A late last year, Hamilton Township, NJ, has introduced new food safety laws to fine restaurants for health violations and require that establishments prominently display food license and food inspection reports. If passed by the Hamilton Township Council, Ordinance 15-025 would require restaurants to pay $350 for a… Continue Reading