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California County Approves Restaurant Food Safety Placard Program

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The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in California has approved a new restaurant placarding program that will make it easier for the public to understand how a restaurant has scored on its most recent food safety inspection. Training for the new system will begin in June, and the program is scheduled to launch in January… Continue Reading

What’s In Your Food? A Look at Food Fraud

Opinion

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Olive oil, fish, honey, milk, and fruit juices are common, everyday foods found in most people’s kitchens. However, these common foods may not contain the food ingredients you think. The honey in your pantry may contain antibiotics, chemicals and added sweeteners. The salmon in your refrigerator may not even be salmon, but instead may be… Continue Reading

Iowa’s Secret: Restaurant Inspections Becoming Increasingly Infrequent

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Restaurant food in the Hawkeye State might be getting more risky just as it’s time once again for those quadrennial events they call the Iowa caucuses. Restaurant inspections are a state and local responsibility that has forced the cash-strapped Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA) to carry a larger share of the burden. In just… Continue Reading

FSMA Empowers FDA to Capture Food Safety’s ‘Great White Whale’ — GRAS

Opinion

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For most consumers, it may come as a surprise to learn that many of the foods available at their local grocery store contain ingredients that have neither been evaluated nor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This stunning radio silence from our nation’s foremost food safety regulatory agency is the result of… Continue Reading

Seafood Safety 101: Vibrio in Shellfish

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(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education based at NC State, is the fifth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization celebrated World Health Day, focusing this year on food safety. The first article in the series can be found here, the second… Continue Reading

WHO Uses World Health Day to Shine Light on Food Safety

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Food safety is so important to everyone around the world that the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated this year’s World Health Day — celebrated each year on April 7 — to spreading awareness of it. As readers of Food Safety News know, food contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can lead to long-lasting… Continue Reading

Scotland’s New Food Safety Authority Sets Up Shop

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Effective April 1, Scotland has established its own food safety agency, taking the responsibility of food safety regulation out from under the oversight of the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency. Food Standards Scotland is intended to focus on the unique food safety needs of Scotland, said Maureen Watt, the country’s public health minister. Responsibilities of… Continue Reading

When a Norovirus Expert Got Norovirus

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(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education, based at NC State, is the fourth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first article in the series can… Continue Reading

West Virginia Governor Vetoes Raw Milk Herdshare Bill

Supporters plan to try again next session

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Bucking the headwinds of an 81-19 vote in the West Virginia House of Delegates (18-16 in the Senate) for legislation that would have allowed dairy farmers to provide raw milk through herdshare arrangements, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill on Thursday. Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria that might… Continue Reading

Enjoy a Food-Safe Easter With These Simple Guidelines

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Springtime, egg hunts, candy, bunnies and delicious family meals. These festive events are the hallmarks of Easter and, with a few tips from STOP Foodborne Illness, those celebrating this year can be assured of a safe and happy holiday. “It is important to take precautions with eggs and other perishable foods to avoid foodborne illness,”… Continue Reading