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Belgium Takes a Serious Look at the Food Safety of Insects


Neither Belgium nor the European Union has any specific regulations regarding breeding and marketing insects for human consumption, but the trade is tolerated. And why not? Insects, according to the Scientific Committee of the (Belgium) Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, “offer great potential” as alternative sources of dietary protein. But what… Continue Reading

Food Safety in Numbers



(This article by Advik Shreekumar was published Jan. 6, 2015, by the Harvard Political Review and is reposted here with permission.) On March 23, 2013, the civic organization Smart Chicago launched an ambitious program to enhance the city’s food-safety efforts. Using a mix of statistical techniques and computer science, Foodborne Chicago searches Twitter for complaints… 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

New Zealand Winemakers Object to Proposed Hike in Food-Safety Fees


New Zealand’s food and biosecurity regulatory body has proposed new fees to provide continuing food-safety and border services for importers and exporters, and the country’s growing wine industry is not happy about it. “Biosecurity and food safety are critical to the operation and viability of New Zealand’s primary industries,” said Dan Bolger, deputy director-general for… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland to Launch on April 1


Food Standards Scotland is set to start on April 1. The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up the stand-alone body passed the Scottish Parliament in early December and received Royal Assent — meaning that the queen formally agrees to make the bill into law — on Jan. 13. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over… Continue Reading

Chinese Police Arrest More Than 100 People for Selling Contaminated Pork


More than 110 people have been arrested in China for selling pork from diseased animals. The Public Security Ministry said more than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized across 11 provinces. The investigation reportedly began at the end of 2013 into producers who… Continue Reading

Plastic Reported in Chicken Nuggets From McDonald’s Outlet in Japan


McDonald’s Japan and Cargill Inc., one of the fast-food company’s chicken suppliers in Asia, are apologizing and trying to reassure the public after a customer at a McDonald’s outlet in Misawa, Japan, reportedly found a 1.5-inch strip of vinyl in an order of chicken nuggets this past weekend. “I am confident that my family can… Continue Reading

Food Safety Not a Likely Hot Topic for 2015 Legislatures


Is it possible that enough cottage food bills got passed to carry the economy through to recovery, that most folks are happy with their raw-milk laws, and that the once-heralded “food freedom” movement never got out of a few towns in Maine (whose names no one can remember now)? State legislatures in California, Montana, Wisconsin,… Continue Reading

KS Prison Inspections Show Ongoing Food-Safety Violations


“Filthy” kitchen facilities, inadequate hand-washing practices, and bugs in light fixtures were repeatedly noted in food-safety inspections of Kansas prisons conducted between January 2013 and July 2014, according to recent news reports. The monthly and sometimes less-frequent inspections were conducted by the Kansas Department of Corrections, with some of its employees reportedly working in the same… Continue Reading

10 Food-Safety Resolutions for the New Year


(This article by Diane Wright Hirsch, MPH, RD, a food-safety educator with the University of Connecticut Extension, was published here on Dec. 30, 2014, and is reposted with permission.) Food safety is not something we usually think of when we are making our New Year’s resolutions. In fact, it is likely that you will promise… Continue Reading