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Food safety universe dimmer with the loss of two bright stars

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This column by Ben Chapman was originally posted on BarfBlog.com and is reposted here with permission. I never met Dave Theno. I saw him speak a few times at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and other places; he had a fantastic story to tell. He had the experience of cleaning up after… Continue Reading

One out of five samples of food for babies test positive for lead

Contributed

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Editor’s note: This column by Tim Neltner was originally published June 15 by the Environmental Defense Fund. By now, it is well known that lead exposure is a significant human health concern, especially for young children. While most of the discussion about lead exposure has involved paint, drinking water, and contaminated soil or dust where… Continue Reading

Health advocates say FDA ignored law, science on perchlorate

Agency won't ban chemical from food packaging despite evidence it causes infant brain damage

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Using the same mechanism that resulted in the banning of cyclamates in 1970, a group of public health watchdog organizations is challenging the FDA’s decision not to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The consumer advocates say the Food and Drug Administration ignored scientific evidence that shows the chemical disrupts fetal and infant brain development, causing… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

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Anyone who has not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and has eaten imported yellowfin tuna in the past two weeks — especially if they live in California, Oklahoma, New York or Texas — should consider getting a post-exposure prophylactic shot for the virus. That recommendation from public health officials with the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Death caps pose year-round threat to mushroom lovers

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Fortuitous weather and the increasing popularity of wild mushrooms combined in California to make a particularly dangerous foraging season this past winter and public health officials say the threat is ongoing. Fourteen people were confirmed with poisoning from unknowingly eating Amanita phalloides — commonly known as death cap mushrooms — during a two-week period in… Continue Reading

CDC fowl warning: Hundreds sickened by backyard flocks

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More than a third of the 372 people infected with Salmonella from backyard flocks so far this year are children younger than 5 years old, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting eight separate outbreaks across 47 states. “These outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months,” according to a public… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Rita Hurst of the FSIS

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Faces of Food Safety Rita Hurst

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. Rita Hurst has worked for FSIS for 33 years. She began her FSIS career at Establishment P-2178 in Georgetown, DE, as a USDA helper — a plant employee who helps… Continue Reading

Britain issues warning about ‘Brexit virus’ in EU pork products

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Just in time for summer, there’s a new warning out in Britain over the “Brexit virus,” so named because the pork sausages making people sick are said to originate mostly from pig farms in France, Holland, Germany and Denmark. In other words, the danger is coming from countries in the European Union that Britain through… Continue Reading

Feds expand E. coli warning about Dutch veal imported to U.S.

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A federal warning about potentially contaminated veal imported from the Netherlands has been expanded to include additional products distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in four states. The warning from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) now covers more than 1,600 pounds of Dutch veal that may be contaminated with Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing… Continue Reading

Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

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From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading