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Make leafy greens “high risk” and chase them down quickly, say consumer groups

There’s no indication yet that anyone is the least bit embarrassed about the failure to yet identify the precise source of an E. coli O157: H7 outbreak involving at least 32 states and four Canadian provinces.  But nine consumer and food safety groups have stepped forward to demand that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb add regulations… Continue Reading

Will Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling Be Pushed Back to 2018?

Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years — until 2018 — if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the end of this year. For more than a decade, consumer groups and the… Continue Reading

Food Safety Goals Combine Academic Research, Politics

Barbara Kowalcyk, Ph.D., is a food safety advocate who co-founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention after her son, Kevin, died in 2001 from complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since earning a doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health – Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Kowalcyk has been a… Continue Reading

Consumer and Public Health Groups: FDA Should Not Delay FSMA Implementation


(The FDA’s important food safety work, like the rest of the agency’s mission and much of the federal government, is currently on hold due to the government shutdown.  But once the agency gets back to work – which we hope is very soon – we urge them to continue to implement the Food Safety Modernization… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: Consumer Organizations

This week, Food Safety News is acknowledging leaders who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we celebrate consumer organizations.  In the days ahead we’ll celebrate leaders in non-government organizations, the food industry and the news media. Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us a… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Victims Lobby for FDA Funding

As much of Washington, D.C. focused on striking a deal on the debt ceiling last week — and long term deficit reduction — six people whose lives have been severely impacted by tainted food told lawmakers the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be spared the discretionary budget ax. House Republicans passed an appropriations bill… Continue Reading

Beef Products Inc. to Test for Non-O157 E. Coli

One of the nation’s largest beef processors announced Thursday that it has begun testing for six poisonous strains of E. coli in addition to E. coli O157:H7 — the only serotype meat processors are required to monitor. Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the leading producer of lean beef in the U.S., says it will hold all… Continue Reading

Online Petition Urges Action on E. coli Strains

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention has posted a petition on change.org pressing the government to move forward with a ban on six disease-causing strains of E. coli bacteria in meat. ”  .. . while we have watched Europe suffer from a deadly E. coli outbreak that has sickened thousands and left over 30… Continue Reading