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Salmonellosis: The Problem

Opinion

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In 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 500 people were sickened by seven strains of Salmonella Heidelberg linked to chicken. However, salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Heidelberg is only in fourth place, according to CDC’s outbreak data; in 2011, it was only in seventh place. Salmonellosis is “old… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: If I Were the Chairman of Foster Farms

Opinion

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I would chop off the head of (fire) young Ron Foster, or at least clip his beak (find a different spokesperson), despite him being the president of the company founded by his grandparents, for allowing our chicken to sicken hundreds – likely thousands – of our valued customers. Honestly, Mr. Foster is simply not up… Continue Reading

Consumer Groups Request Foster Farms Recall

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A coalition of consumer groups has demanded that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ask chicken producer Foster Farms to recall chicken products from three central California processing plants that have been linked to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. At least 317 people in 20 states have been sickened in the outbreak since March. The Safe Food… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Mike Taylor and the Myth of Monsanto’s Man

Opinion

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I have known of Mike Taylor since shortly after September 29, 1994. As Food Safety News reported in “Looking Back: The Story Behind Banning E. Coli O157:H7,” Taylor took the podium that day in San Francisco at the American Meat Institute’s annual convention to make his first, and arguably most significant, speech as the top… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why isn’t Salmonella a Legal Adulterant?

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Fact:  Salmonella is a leading cause of foodborne illness worldwide, with an estimated 1.4 million cases each year in the United States alone. This week, the CDC reported that 124 people in 12 states became ill with Salmonella and over 30 were hospitalized after being exposed to Foster Farms chicken between June of last year… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Salmonella’s Not an Adulterant?

Opinion

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Personally, as I said to the Los Angeles Times several months ago, “I think that anything that can poison or kill a person should be listed as an adulterant [in food].”  Ignoring Salmonella in meat makes little, if any, sense. Even after the Court’s twisted opinion in Supreme Beef v. USDA, where it found Salmonella “not an adulterant per… Continue Reading

Policy Changes in the Wake of the Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak

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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust foodborne illness onto the national stage… Continue Reading

Adulteration – In the Eyes of the Beholden?

Opinion

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“Salmonella on a raw uncooked product is not, in and of itself, a public health risk … Salmonella on a raw uncooked hamburger does not make it adulterated. It does not mean that the plant is not operating in an unsanitary way.” – Patrick Boyle, CEO of the American Meat Institute, in a 2002 Frontline interview… Continue Reading

Wire Grill-Cleaning Brushes Can Pose Food Safety Hazard

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Wire bristles from grill cleaning brushes are finding their way into people’s food — and down their throats, according to a new report. Between August of 2011 and June of 2012, six people went to the hospital with internal injuries from wire bristles lodged in their necks or stomachs, according to this week’s Morbidity and… Continue Reading