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A Spoor-Marler team plans class action for South African listeria victims

Prominent American food safety attorney Bill Marler went to South Africa as a conference speaker on the country’s listeria outbreak, but he’s returning to the USA in his familiar role as an advocate for the victims. South African human rights lawyer Richard Spoor says he teamed up with Marler and the food safety law firm… Continue Reading

Is broken Brazil responsible for sickened South Africa?

Is there a link between the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa and Brazil’s broken and scandal-plagued meat and poultry industries? And could that link be something called “white slime?” Before there were any answers to these questions or others, South African’s health minister promised the Parliament that the government would provide “all the… Continue Reading

More fraud in Brazil food industry; labs falsified pathogen tests

Brazilian police made new arrests this week in an investigation into a meat scandal that erupted last year. This time the target of “Operation Weak Flesh” is laboratories accused of covering up salmonella in products from food giant BRF SA, also known as Brazil Foods. “The investigation showed that five laboratories and the company’s analysis… Continue Reading

Another Listeria death recorded; Australian ‘discussion’ is weak


Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally posted on barfblog.com on March 7, 2018. I’ve always believed in don’t complain, create. When I didn’t like the university newspaper I was editor of, I created my own — along with others. When I didn’t like my higher education, I created my own path to a PhD. I… Continue Reading

IAFP announces 2018 workshop topics; sets registration date

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has announced the workshop lineup for its annual conference, set for this summer, and will begin taking workshop registrations March 20. The event is set for July 8-11 in Salt Lake City. The IAFP hosts the annual event to provide information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, and innovative solutions to new… Continue Reading

Food Safety News publisher on the ground in South Africa

Bill Marler, the founder and publisher of Food Safety News, prominent food safety advocate, and America’s best-known foodborne illnesses attorney arrives in South Africa today to help push back against the largest Listeria outbreak in history. Marler will speak Thursday at the Food Focus Listeria Conference in Johannesburg, where South African professionals from government, industry… Continue Reading

Public-private partnerships in the spotlight at GFSI conference

The Global Food Safety Conference started Monday in Tokyo with an emphasis on public-private partnerships. Fifty-two countries are represented by 1,200 delegates at the four-day conference organized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Delegates have been discussing the most important issues and trends in food safety, focusing on more collaboration between government regulators and… Continue Reading