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Restaurant menu labeling took effect Dec. 1, and then it did not

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New restaurant menu labeling requirements took effect Dec. 1 or maybe not. Forty-eight hours ahead of that date, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice “clarifying ” that Dec. 1 is now the “compliance” date for the regulations, not May 5, 2017, as was set by FDA in May 2016. In no time, FDA… Continue Reading

Diarrhea reports after Thanksgiving dinner prompts restaurant closure

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The Golden Ponds Restaurant and Party House located at 500 Long Pond Road in Greece, NY was closed Nov 26 by the Monroe Department of Public Health. The public was notified by a sign posted on the the restaurant’s door. It said: “Take notice that pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by the applicable… Continue Reading

Latest NARMS report contains some positive findings

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The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), established in 1996, is out with its latest data—covering the year 2014 and showing low levels of salmonella in poultry and meat in the United States. NARMS, founded in 1998, involves state and local public health departments and universities in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Most Chicago restaurants are not being inspected enough

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Chicago restaurants are not being inspected as frequently as required by state law, putting its state funding in jeopardy. Those are among the findings of a report released Tuesday by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. More than half of Chicago’s restaurants are being inspected less than twice a year, the minimum required by state law. It… Continue Reading

Researchers find cooking shows must do better on food safety

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Home cooking can kill, often because not enough is known about foodborne illnesses that may result from consumer practices. Television cooking shows –long an important resources for home cooks—rarely if ever model recommended food safety steps and consequently may lead to consumers making more dangerous food safety mistakes. With that in mind, researchers at the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… Continue Reading

Get stuffed — just use a thermometer before you unstuff

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Editor’s note: Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher and holiday meal enthusiast, originally published this column in the North Carolina State University News.  As a Canadian in the U.S., I’ve fully embraced the holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through December. I enjoy spending a day planning and shopping for an event-style meal and then another… Continue Reading

UK study: Juices from bagged salad can encourage Salmonella

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A recent study by researchers at the University of Leicester found that traces of salad green juices released when the leaves become damaged can significantly encourage the growth of Salmonella enterica. The researchers reported that they concentrated on Salmonella because it is “an aggressive pathogen that has been implicated in salad-associated infections.” Their work was posted online… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Salmonella risk, pests, undeclared gluten

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A shell egg farm in Missouri, a cheese manufacturer in Texas, and a bakery in Florida were recipients of the most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA’s Kansas City District Office wrote to Cedar Creek Egg Company LLC on Nov. 8 to say that inspections done Aug. 23-25 and… Continue Reading

Rare bacterial infection linked to fish from Asian Food Center

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State and federal officials are investigating the Asian Food Center in Bellevue, WA, after a woman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection after handling raw fish from the grocery store. The woman was diagnosed Nov. 10 with Vibrio vulnificus and required hospitalization, but has since returned to her home where her… Continue Reading