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Publisher’s Platform: Author blames food “Bourne” illness on Chipotle


On July 7th shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill were trading below $400 following a tweet by Eric Van Lustbader, author of the Jason Bourne series, indicating that eating at a Manhattan-based restaurant location resulted in the hospitalization of his editor.Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold responded: “we are aware of the post made on Twitter, however there have been… Continue Reading

Blog: U.S. Gets Gold Medal in ‘Food Safety Olympics’ With EU

Usually it’s David Acheson, a former top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official, who stirs things up with his speeches or guest commentaries from The Acheson Group. But, this time, it’s the consulting firm’s chief science officer, Jennifer McEntire, who came up with a sort of food safety Olympics between the United States and the… Continue Reading

Are All Salmonella Created Equal?


With each passing poultry-associated Salmonella outbreak over the past few years, there has been an increased focus on this pathogen and its control. Along with that is an increasing use of the term “virulent.” But what does “virulent” really mean, and should we worry about some strains being more virulent than others? Does evading mitigation… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview with Keynote Speaker Dr. David Acheson

During the 2013 annual meeting last week of the International Association for Food Protection, Food Safety News spoke with Dr. David Acheson, this year’s keynote speaker. Before his current post as the director of the Food and Import Safety Practice at Leavitt Partners, Acheson served stints as the chief medical officer for both the U.S…. Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Acheson Looks to the Future of Food Safety

The 2013 conference for the International Association of Food Protection kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday night, with 2,700 attendees from around the world convening to share the latest advancements in food safety technology and philosophies. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. David Acheson, former Associate Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and… Continue Reading

Does The “No Illnesses” Language Belong in Recall Notices?

Food companies that are voluntarily recalling a product usually use the language suggested by regulatory agencies that is then distributed electronically via the federal government websites. Recalls not connected to outbreaks almost always contain a line saying there are no reported illnesses associated with the recalled product. William E. Keene, Oregon’s senior state epidemiologist, thinks… Continue Reading

Acheson: FDA Needs $5 Billion for Food Safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs substantially more resources to effectively monitor the food supply, a former food safety official said Wednesday. “I firmly believe that FDA probably needs about $5 billion to do its job well, not $1 [billion],” said David Acheson, former FDA Associate Commissioner of Foods, told an audience of food… Continue Reading

Legislation is Opportunity for Third Party Auditors

The landscape for food safety is going through some of the most significant changes ever in the context of legislative action, regulatory enforcement, consumer wariness, and industry accountability. With these changes comes greater expectations and greater risks of damaged brands and significant legal consequences when something goes wrong that results in illness or death. David… Continue Reading