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Catered Wedding Reception in Upstate New York Results in 35 Illnesses

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About 35 people were sickened after a wedding reception Friday night in Brewerton, NY, which is about 15 miles north of Syracuse. Nine of the 35 were reportedly taken via ambulance to local hospitals, but all have apparently been released. The reception was being held at Arrowhead Lodge at Oneida Shores Park, where people can… Continue Reading

Dozens Reportedly Sickened After Banquet in San Diego

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Dozens of people attending a banquet at Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island in San Diego harbor last week were reportedly sickened, and health officials have been busy trying to figure out the source. The event on July 29, sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, drew 170 people, and… Continue Reading

An Epidemiological Model for HACCP Verification

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(Roy Costa is a registered sanitarian and president of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates Inc. More of his articles can be found here.) Knowledge and Capability of Auditors HACCP systems have grown and changed remarkably over the past 50 years, yet the fundamental scientific reasoning for critical controls has not changed in any substantial way. The goal… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: They’re Not Thinking About It

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Back from Portland, OR, where the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting was held this year, it’s natural to be thinking about the big things. This time of year, one that comes to mind is the safety of all the fresh fruit and produce we are scooping up. As “grown at altitude” Rocky… Continue Reading

6 Food Safety Tips for Your Next Cookout

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August is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a cookout or picnic for the dog days of summer, here are some tips from the Partnership for Food Safety to help keep you and your family and friends from getting sick. 1. Wash Your Hands Always wash your hands before and after handling food…. Continue Reading

Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework

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While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. And that includes some homework about food safety. You certainly don’t want to sicken your guests, which can be avoided if you play it safe. When you roast a whole pig, your first… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Experts May Have Determined How Caramel Apples Caused That Listeria Outbreak

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In November 2014, health officials began investigating two concerning clusters of Listeria infections that seemed to be related. The two strains of bacteria had already killed at least five people and hospitalized a few dozen others by the time they got on the case, and they wanted to find the source and stop it as quickly as… Continue Reading

How to Use the ‘Best-By’ Dates on Your Food

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With food waste and ugly food making headlines again in recent weeks, we wanted to give you a reminder of what food date labels actually mean. The key takeaway is that a “best-by” or “sell-by” date is not an expiration date and doesn’t necessarily mean that the safety of the food product declines after that… Continue Reading

USDA to Update Food Safety Practices Survey Data From Producers, Processors

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(This blog post by Shareefah Jackson, a statistician and program manager with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, was originally posted here on July 21, 2015.) As the mom of a young boy, I am eager to learn more about the activities of growers and processors who supply my family and millions of others with our fruits… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Food Entrepreneurs, Farmers Markets, and Food Safety

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Food entrepreneurs and those who operate small, or very small, food companies face special obstacles in negotiating the regulatory landscape and finding ways to safely and economically get their products to consumers. In addition, a lot of confusion exists about what the state and federal regulations are for those developing food products on the local… Continue Reading