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IAFP announces 2018 workshop topics; sets registration date

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) has announced the workshop lineup for its annual conference, set for this summer, and will begin taking workshop registrations March 20. The event is set for July 8-11 in Salt Lake City. The IAFP hosts the annual event to provide information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, and innovative solutions to new… Continue Reading

Collaboration common theme among food safety honorees

CHICAGO — More than 70 combined years of food safety advocacy and research by John Butts and Purnendu Vasavada was recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit today. The annual Food Safety Leadership Award for Training and Education went to Judy A. Harrison, professor and Extension food safety specialist at… Continue Reading

McDonald’s supplier donates $100K to OSU food safety program

Oklahoma State University’s food safety education program got a $100,000 boost last week from Lopez Foods Inc. “OSU’s food safety program is a wonderful opportunity for the university, students and food industry,” chief operating officer John Lopez said in a news release from the university. “We did not want to pass up the opportunity to… Continue Reading

How to Keep Your Refrigerator Safe for Food

September is National Food Safety Education Month and this year, the Partnership for Food Safety Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration are trying to debunk some common myths about keeping food safe in the refrigerator. Use a Thermometer Feeling the cold air when you open… Continue Reading

Most Consumers Don’t Use Food Thermometers Despite Importance to Food Safety

A couple of weeks ago, I was having dinner with my parents. My dad was making chicken and asked me what temperature he needed to cook it to. After all, working for Food Safety News does qualify me as the food-safety expert of the family. “165 degrees F,” I told him. “What if it’s barely… Continue Reading

Increasing Food-Safety Education in Schools Could Reduce Foodborne Illness in Kids

There’s a lack of food-safety education in schools that, if addressed, could help reduce the high rates of foodborne illness among children. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at… Continue Reading

What it Takes to be a ‘Meaningful Messenger’ for Food Safety

Food-safety messengers need to “hit home, hit the heart and hit hard,” Dana Pitts told attendees of the Consumer Food Safety Education Conference in early December. Until very recently, Pitts was associate director of communications for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division… Continue Reading