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Hawaii Could Follow California by Repealing Glove Law

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Cost concerns and general opposition may prompt Hawaii to try and follow California by repealing new state health rules requiring food service workers to use utensils or gloves when preparing sushi or other ready-to-eat foods. The new rules just went into effect July 21 and have already drawn criticism from restaurant managers who say that… Continue Reading

Why Most Americans Refrigerate Raw Shell Eggs and Europeans Often Don’t

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American travelers to Europe may have noticed that people “across the pond” often store raw shell eggs at room temperature. They can safely do that because of the way eggs are produced in Europe, but it can’t be safely done in the U.S. because of Salmonella. Salmonella bacteria, discovered in 1885 and named for the… Continue Reading

As More Imported Foods Reach the Dinner Table, Holes Remain in the FDA Safety Net

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(This report by Rick Schmitt was first published June 26, 2014, by FairWarning, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit news organization focused on public health, safety and environmental issues, and related topics of government and business accountability.) In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a seafood company in… Continue Reading

Auditor Gave Positive Food Safety Reviews to Farms Later Linked to Outbreaks

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The third-party food safety auditor that gave a passing review to Jensen Farms just weeks before its cantaloupe caused a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 also gave a positive audit to the farm that shipped romaine lettuce implicated in a more recent E. coli outbreak tied to Trader Joe’s branded salads, according to documents obtained… Continue Reading

Could Funding Cuts to Food Safety Programs Make You Sick?

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(This blog post by Michelle Forman was published July 23, 2014, at APHL’s LabLog and is reposted here with permission.) When public health works, no one sees it. That’s a common adage at APHL and is most frequently used when referring to the gross lack of — and ever-plummeting — funding for valuable public health programs…. Continue Reading

Illinois Meat and Poultry Processor Loses License for Repeated Violations

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Parks Locker Service of Greenfield, IL, has had its license revoked by the Illinois Department of Agriculture for repeated violations of the state’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Act. The closure followed a July 16 hearing in Springfield during which an administrative law judge heard testimony that department inspectors had identified 136 violations at the company’s… Continue Reading

Aussie Listeria Tests Led to Recall of Likely Already Consumed California Fruit

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Back in the day, before the fresh fruit and produce industry managed to kill it, the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) came under fire from growers for not providing timely results, sometimes resulting in recalls of fruit that consumers had already eaten. That was 18 months ago and MDP — the joint venture of about 10… Continue Reading

Three States Sue 5-Hour Energy Makers For ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

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Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. The defendants in the cases are Living Essentials, which manufactures, markets, distributes, advertises and sells 5-Hour Energy, and Innovation Ventures, which developed the formula for the drink in… Continue Reading

Chinese TV Report Prompts McDonald’s and KFC to Drop U.S.-Owned Supplier

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China’s Dragon TV has thrust a Chicago-area meat supplier into the arms of its crisis communications team with public apologies and promises for quick corrective action. But Aurora, IL-based OSI Group could not act fast enough to stop McDonald’s and Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC from cutting business ties with its Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd…. Continue Reading

ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

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Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State,… Continue Reading