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Dr. David Acheson

‘Known unknown’ concerns future of food safety investment

Whether you like him or hate him, former U.S. Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld is recognized to this day for explaining reality to war-waiting reporters by saying: “There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we… Continue Reading

Will FSMA Make a Difference?

Opinion

To answer the question of whether the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will make a difference, I want to take a look historically at why FSMA ever got passed by Congress. To do this, I have to wind the clock back almost 10 years. The only thing that got FSMA through Congress — and those… Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes

In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading

Can a Top-Level Federal Food Safety Assessment Really Be Accurate?

Opinion

(This opinion piece by Dr. David Acheson was published here on Feb. 14, 2015, and is reposted with his permission.) Historically, FDA and FSIS have not been really cooperative when it comes to food safety: Each agency has a separate funding stream and is under separate departments, and, in a variety of ways, they are inherently… Continue Reading

Of Eight Multistate Salmonella Outbreaks So Far This Year, Was This One Different?

The first seven multistate outbreaks of Salmonella all began the same way. State health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began investigating human infections reported up the chain after the sickened individuals began showing up at doctor’s offices and medical clinics. By investigating those reports, state and federal health officials… Continue Reading

Prolonged Procrastination on Petitions Compounds Agencies’ Problems

Opinion

(This blog post by Dr. David Acheson was published June 12, 2014, on The Acheson Group blog and is republished here with his permission.) On May 25, 2011, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned USDA to declare certain strains of antibiotic-resistant (ABR) Salmonella in ground meat and poultry to be adulterants. Three… Continue Reading