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Audit: Oregon struggling with food safety inspection backlog

An increasing workload and problems with turnover, management oversight and inefficient use of data have all contributed to an inspection backlog of thousands of licensed businesses in Oregon. That’s according to a recently released performance audit of the state’s food safety program, which is housed within the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). “We found that, as of October… Continue Reading

Canada says food safety audit issues much ado about nothing

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says there are no outstanding issues remaining over a recently released 2014 audit by U.S. officials of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspection systems. CFIA also says Canada’s trade with the U.S. was never impacted. Responding to reports that mostly originated with the Toronto Globe and Mail — often seen as the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Three Years Since People Died From Cantaloupe

Primus’ 'Scorched Earth' Litigation Strategy Will Change Audit Industry, Retailer Responsibility Next


It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and… Continue Reading

Canada’s Food Inspection Agency Given Lowest Passing Grade in U.S. Audit

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) received an “adequate” rating – the lowest passing grade – in the latest audit by the U.S. government to determine its equivalency on food safety standards, according to documents recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the audit, the CFIA needs to improve oversight of practices… Continue Reading

Kosher Certification: A Model for Improving Private Food Safety Audits


Kosher food is big business. There are more than ten thousand kosher-producing companies in the United States alone, making more than 135,000 kosher products for over twelve million American consumers who purchase kosher food because it is kosher. Only 8 percent of kosher consumers, however, are religious Jews. Most kosher consumers choose kosher for reasons… Continue Reading

Legislative Audit Questions Effectiveness of Louisiana Restaurant Inspections

A new report published by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor questions whether inspection of restaurants and other retail food establishments are doing enough to prevent foodborne illness in the Bayou State. With its $9.5 billion tourist industry mostly built around food and music, the safety of Louisiana restaurant food is a subject of interest far beyond… Continue Reading

The Future of the Professional Food Safety Workforce


The safety of our food supply is dependent on a core group of professionals at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as professionals working in the food industry. Ironically, despite its importance, we have incomplete knowledge about the food safety workforce in the United States. In fact, although studies are supposedly… Continue Reading

Georgia Food Processors Get To Dance Around Law

Despite a tough new food safety law and more than a half million spent annually on inspections and lab work, Georgia is not achieving the food safety improvement at the state’s 740 food processing plants that its lawmakers seek. Perhaps, some say, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black did not get the memo about how serious the… Continue Reading