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Move to Chicago boosts Food Safety Summit participation

There’s a big deadline coming up on April 15 and it has nothing to do with Form 1040. Next Friday is the last day to register for the annual Food Safety Summit when full discounts will be available. The summit’s early bird registration rate and special hotel deals will not be available after Tax Day…. Continue Reading

Food safety Integration Forum spotlights information sharing

As was made all too clear once again with the terrorist attacks in Belgium last week, information sharing across agencies is crucial during investigations. Foodborne illness outbreak investigations are no different from terror investigations in that sense. Such information sharing is just one benefit from integration efforts in the U.S. among food safety officials and… Continue Reading

Extra certification courses precede Food Safety Summit this year

When someone who’s been in the food auditing industry since before GFS1 says this is the year to attend the annual Food Safety Summit, you know something’s up. “This summit is unique,” said Patricia Wester, owner of PA Wester Consulting and instructor for the Food Safety Auditor Training certification course set for the two days… Continue Reading

Food Safety Summit 2016 addresses public health risks

Industry experts and top regulatory officials including FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor are scheduled to discuss new efforts to reduce public health risks at the 18th annual Food Safety Summit in May. For the first time the event is scheduled in Chicagoland, with the exhibit hall, keynote sessions, certification courses and two dozen seminars and… Continue Reading

Lytton Interview: The Role of Litigation in Food Safety

Albany Law School professor and author Tim Lytton sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit last month in Baltimore, MD, to discuss the influence of litigation on food safety. Lytton describes litigation as one of the three key pillars of the U.S. food safety system, along with government regulation and… Continue Reading

Schacht Interview: Using Restaurant Inspection Data to Improve Public Health

Open government consultant and food safety advocate Sarah Schacht sat down with Food Safety News at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, MD, last month to talk about how data from restaurant inspections can help improve public health. Schacht is a two-time E. coli survivor who has been spearheading efforts in Seattle’s King County to improve… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Missing Riots, Crab Cakes in Baltimore

Opinion

Street protests that turn into riots are among my least favorite forms of lawlessness. Usually the crowd is either the patsy or the willing dupe. When the World Trade Organization met in Seattle in 1999, a peaceful march by about 35,000 union members provided cover for maybe 100 self-styled anarchists who smashed up downtown retailers and… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Officials Focused on Collaborating Over Combining Agencies

Top officials of U.S. food safety agencies are not wholeheartedly supportive of a single food safety agency, arguing that collaboration is a higher priority. During the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore on Thursday, leadership from the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Association of Food and Drug… Continue Reading