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Schacht Interview: Using Restaurant Inspection Data to Improve Public Health


Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County to improve… Continue Reading

Detwiler Interview: Food Safety from a Consumer Perspective


Darin Detwiler, adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and Senior Policy Coordinator at STOP Foodborne Illness, sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to discuss food safety from a consumer perspective. Detwiler’s son, Riley, was one of four children who died in the 1993 Jack in… Continue Reading

Mom Honors Her Daughter’s Memory With ‘Playroom Project’

Olivia Cruz, 3, died from E. coli infection last May

Olivia Cruz

It’s been nearly a year since her daughter, Olivia, 3, passed away from complications relating to an E. coli infection, and Haley Cruz wants something positive to come from the tragedy. Along with a bakery in Van Alstyne, TX, named after her daughter, Sweet Olivia’s Bake Shoppe, Cruz has started a special project to help… Continue Reading

Listeria Victims Address FDA, Food Industry Officials in D.C.

Brad Frey holds his phone while a video plays of his parents dancing in their driveway two years ago. His mother, Shirlee Jean, died from a Listeria infection in December after eating a contaminated caramel apple. Frey and other victims shared their stories with federal lawmakers last week in Washington D.C.

A year ago, Brad Frey never would have imagined he’d be standing in front of officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and urging them to do more to prevent outbreaks of Listeria monocytogenes. Despite living in the middle of “crop country” outside Santa Cruz, CA, he had never heard of Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne bacteria less well-known… Continue Reading

Texas Salmonella Outbreak at 59 Cases; Lawsuit Filed

At least 59 people have reportedly been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak connected in part to the Ten in Texas steakhouse in Dalhart, TX. One of the restaurant’s customers who was sickened, Frances Childers, is filing a lawsuit against the restaurant. Her attorneys say that she suffered from kidney failure, along with abdominal pains, nausea and muscle aches…. Continue Reading

New Book Explores Food Safety and the True Cost of Cheap Meat

'The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food,' by Ted Genoways


Reading “The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food,” a new book from journalist Ted Genoways, one begins to wonder who is treated better: the millions of hogs consumed in America each year, or the people who work on the farms and in the factories that breed and slaughter them. The easiest conclusion… Continue Reading

The 10 Worst U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2014


This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness… Continue Reading

Family Pizza Night Leads to Emergency Surgery for WA Man

Wire brush bristles can present a food-safety hazard

Norman X-ray

For the Michael and Diane Norman family of Auburn, WA, a weekly tradition has been Pizza Friday. Diane, 48, would alternate picking up pizzas from different restaurants near their home south of Seattle, and she and her husband, their three sons, and their daughter and son-in-law would share them. “On this particular Friday (Sept. 19,… Continue Reading

LGMA Training Video Features Foodborne Illness Victims


A new food safety video for California farm workers features the stories of foodborne illness victims. Together, STOP Foodborne Illness and California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) produced a video that will be used during training for workers who produce leafy greens in California. It features the stories of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush –… Continue Reading

Officials Suspect Pet Goat Was Source of E. Coli

Serena Profitt

Public health officials in Oregon suspect that the 4-year-old girl who died from an E. coli infection in September was infected by droppings from the family’s pet goat, according to a report by Lynne Terry at The Oregonian. However, lab tests have not been conclusive, and the state health department is still working to try… Continue Reading