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CBS News: Former Blue Bell Workers Claim Management Ignored Food Safety Problems

An investigative report airing Monday night on the CBS Evening News says that former workers at the Blue Bell Creameries headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, complained to management about unsanitary conditions there long before the nationwide recall of the company’s ice cream products for Listeria contamination. However, they claim that their concerns were ignored. The report, by… Continue Reading

The Results From Our Reader Survey Are In

(Food Safety News Executive Editor Dan Flynn is away, so Washington, D.C., reporter Lydia Zuraw is using this space to discuss some results from the recent FSN reader survey.) Last month, we opened an online survey to learn more about our readers and ask their opinions about Food Safety News so we can make the site even better…. Continue Reading

Why the CEO and Board Need to Pay Attention to FSMA

Opinion

In the spring of 2007, I was asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, which was the committee tasked with modernizing our food safety system. From those hearings, which stretched from 2007 to 2009, came the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On the Senate side of the hill, work… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Food Safety News Begins Seventh Year

Opinion

Food Safety News is six years old this week. We are not planning on gathering around a birthday cake at some undisclosed location. I think we tend to think of it less as a birthday and more as a beginning — of our seventh year, to be exact. What I would like to do is… Continue Reading

Fair Lesson: Spread Soap and Water, Not E. Coli Infection

There was a lot of hand-washing going on during the Northwest Washington Fair last week in Lynden, WA. Yes, there were the usual farm exhibits, carnival rides, food booths, music, talent shows, and much more. But the 24 hand-washing stations placed around the animal barns, along with a team of specially trained “Hand-Washing Ambassadors,” underscored the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Few More Survey Results, Please

We have had nearly 1,000 responses to our recent survey. However, the more we get, the better we can understand how to make Food Safety News better. We are extending the survey through next week, so please take a few minutes to give us some valuable feedback. FSN has nearly 150,000 Facebook “likes,” more than… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please Keep Those Survey Responses Coming

So far, we have had nearly 500 responses to our recent survey. However, the more we get, the better we can understand how to make Food Safety News better. FSN has nearly 150,000 Facebook “likes,” more than 27,000 Twitter followers, and almost 25,000 subscribers. Please help us out by letting us know about your experience with FSN. Visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FoodSafetyNewsReaderSurvey… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Legacy or Not, FSMA Funds Needed Now

Opinion

Last week, former Food Safety News Washington, D.C., correspondent Helena Bottemiller Evich reached a bold conclusion — namely that the Obama administration has missed out on the opportunity to include food safety in any legacy it can claim. Writing now for POLITICO Pro Agriculture, Helena turned out a “must-read” piece entitled, “Why President Obama and Congress turned… Continue Reading