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Scientist creates faster way to fingerprint foodborne pathogens

University of Georgia food scientist Xiangyu Deng has created a system that can identify subtypes of foodborne pathogens in a fraction of the time taken by traditional methods. Quick detection and pathogen fingerprinting can save lives by helping to identify foodborne illness outbreaks and their victims, thereby making it easier to contain outbreaks. “In outbreaks,… Continue Reading

Going for the gold in the sink at the 2018 Food Safety Summit

Gamification inspires high-level handwashing compliance  

Contributed

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a… Continue Reading

GAO says some USDA food safety standards are outdated

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  should carry on with its work to reduce pathogens in meat and poultry, but first, the agency needs to improve documentation, add some timelines to its tasks and check on the effectiveness of on-farm practices. Those three new recommendations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO),  the auditing,… Continue Reading

Outbreaks in Japan likely from contaminated seaweed facility

Outbreak investigators in Japan have identified contamination in a seaweed production plant as the cause of seven foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened almost 2,100 people in 2017. The seven foodborne norovirus outbreaks were all attributable to dried, shredded seaweed called nori, according to a report from researchers in Japan and published in recent days by… Continue Reading

GAO tells Rep. DeLauro that agencies need to pick up the pace

FDA, USDA 'generally agree' they need to improve efforts to protect consumers from arsenic in rice

At the request of Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has returned to the problem of managing the risk of arsenic in rice. The GAO is an agency in the legislative branch of the federal government that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress Arsenic, a natural element in… Continue Reading

Vinegar can help home cooks battle bacteria on leafy greens

Opinion

The most recent outbreak from Escherichia coli O157:H7 in romaine lettuce spurred me to pull up an old draft, trim it and post it in an attempt to promote public health. Enjoy.  In the Spring of 2017 while sprinkling balsamic vinegar over chopped romaine lettuce, I wondered if anyone had published on the bactericidal effect… Continue Reading

Triple play: EWG posts ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of fresh produce items

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Sonya Lunder, senior analyst for the Environmental Working Group, is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from an independent nutritionist and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column. Many… Continue Reading

Triple play: AFF says rest easy, eat your fruits and vegetables

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion contribution by the Alliance for Food and Farming is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from the Environmental Working Group and an independent nutritionist, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column. Today the Environmental Working Group… Continue Reading