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Canada’s Parliament Considers Bill Limiting Horse Slaughter

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The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to… Continue Reading

Salmonella on Poultry a ‘Common Enemy’ for Both U.S. and Denmark

Opinion

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The United States and Denmark are at war. Not against each other, but against a common enemy — Salmonella on poultry products. Recently, there has been attention in the media about Denmark’s attempts to eradicate Salmonella from its poultry supply. Like Denmark, the U.S. poultry industry and the federal government recognize that Salmonella is a very serious issue and we… Continue Reading

Keep Food Safety Out of AIB, Kansas State Proposal

Opinion

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(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from… Continue Reading

More Battling Than Policy Changes Mark 2014 State Raw-Milk Action

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There are still multiple endings that could be put on the raw-milk story told during the 2014 state legislative season. One popular theory is that the foodies and libertarians have joined hands in a great coalition to pass bills to legalize unpasteurized milk across the land. These theorists point to 40 bills introduced in 23… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won’t Die

Opinion

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Foodborne disease outbreaks and recalls usually dictate the foods we cover. We usually follow the pathogens without any other discriminating factor. So, if we are focused on beef, or spinach, or sprouts, or cantaloupe, or whatever, we just follow the story. Of course, there are always exceptions to rules. Food Safety News has been fortunate… Continue Reading

NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards Presented at Food Safety Summit

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Epidemiologist Bill Keene was posthumously awarded the 2014 NSF Food Safety Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD. Keene was a senior epidemiologist for the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) whose work involved breakthroughs on investigations into major foodborne illness outbreaks, including the spinach E. coli outbreak of… Continue Reading

CEOs Share Their Perspectives at Food Safety Summit

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During Wednesday’s keynote address at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, the CEOs of Chiquita Brands and Kwik Trip shared their views on why food safety is important to them and their companies. Chiquita’s Ed Lonergan told the hundreds of people in attendance that food safety is a responsibility to consumers and ensures longevity… Continue Reading

Judge: Lawsuit by Safeway Customers Seeking Recall Notification Can Proceed

Card Holders Bring Class-Action Lawsuit

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The nation’s second-largest grocery chain might have to notify shopper card holders in California about certain food recalls under a putative class-action lawsuit a San Francisco judge has allowed to proceed. Safeway’s motion for a summary judgment in the case that dates back to early 2011 was denied in an April 7 order signed by… Continue Reading

CSPI: Eating Out Linked to Nearly Twice as Many Outbreaks as Eating In

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A report released Monday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) revealed that, over a 10-year period, there were about twice as many foodborne illness outbreaks linked to restaurants than to private homes. The 17-page report, entitled, “Outbreak Alert! 2014, A Review of Foodborne Illness in America From 2002-2011,” looked at “solved… Continue Reading

Country-of-Origin Labeling Challenge Gets a Rehearing Before Full D.C. Appeals Court

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A meat industry effort to stop USDA from implementing its May 2013 country-of-origin (COOL) labeling regulations has come back to life. A March 28 ruling that favored USDA was vacated April 4 by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, opening up a possibility for the American Meat Institute to still… Continue Reading