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Rose Acre Farms: Another Bad Actor, Or a Deeper Problem?

Opinion

The disgusting truth about industrial egg production is “it stinks”.  Sanitation in such environments stretches the imagination when you think of a million birds trapped in cages in huge shed-type structures called  “laying houses” and the tons of fecal material produced daily. While a high degree of cleanliness may be impractical in an industrial egg… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Romaine, Reform and Revive

Opinion

The purpose of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is the prevention of foodborne disease. We’ve invested billions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of years of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) professional time since 2011 to make that so. When foodborne disease happens, FDA, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Besides hepatitis A, what do McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Texas Roadhouse have in common?

Opinion

Answer: They are all in Kentucky where a hepatitis A outbreak has been ongoing for months. With 272 people infected with Hepatitis A in Kentucky, restaurants must offer hepatitis A vaccines to employees – its common sense. – Full Report A McDonald’s Corp. employee in Kentucky could have potentially spread hepatitis A to customers, according to local health… Continue Reading

Latest organic controversy involves carrageenan as an additive

ANALYSIS

The growing, but increasingly fractured organic industry does little these days that is not without controversy. USDA’s decision earlier this week to buck a recommendation and allow carrageenan as an ingredient in organic products is just another example. With 7 percent domestic and 11 percent international growth rates, sales of organic foods are approaching $50… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Giving credit when, where it’s due

Kudos to Frank Yiannas and other Walmart leaders for putting food safety on the plate

Opinion

Over the past 20-plus years I have given countless talks to food industry groups on the moral and business reasons to “not poison your customers.”   However, it has only been a handful of companies that have allowed me behind the curtain (at no charge) to talk directly, candidly and forcefully about the role of… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Modest good news on foodborne illnesses

Opinion

My friends at CIDRAP did a great job of pouring over the recent FoodNet report in the March 23 MMWR report on the incidence of a variety of pathogens. I will steal a bit from their work. Good news: Salmonella Typhimurium and Heidelberg illnesses down which mirrors decrease in positives in chicken and a decreased incidence of hemolytic uremic… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Tragically, “Forever Young”

My friend, Darin Detwiler, let me post this for him tonight for tomorrow: Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day the last of four young children died during the landmark 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. I learned about the reality of this foodborne pathogen on Riley’s deathbed. When he was only… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: FDA picks up scientist who is food safety champion

Opinion

To quote Willy Wonka: “So shines a good deed in a weary world.” Lots of people have been bagging on lots of governmental entities for my whole life. Whether they want bigger or smaller government, they all have a lot to say about what’s bad in Washington, D.C. Few of those people mention what’s good…. Continue Reading