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Sparkling food safety habits will brighten your celebration

When family and friends roll into town for Fourth of July festivities, being the host with the most is at the top of most people’s lists. While many worry about campfire and fireworks safety, safe food handling practices are essential keeping your guests and loved ones alive and safe this July. Really, we mean it, and so do the Centers… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Make America Barf Again

Opinion

President Trump seems to be spending most weekends at his “Southern White House” golfing.  I wonder if he eats the food there or heads to the closest McDonald’s or KFC?  Or, perhaps he will start using Steve Bannon as a food tester? Jose Lambiet, the Miami Herald’s gossip columnist reported that the food at Mar-a-Lago… Continue Reading

USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by the Northeast Storm

As a winter storm impacts northeast states, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service shares food safety tips to keep in mind when preparing for a weather emergency. During Snow and Ice Storms: During a snowstorm, do not place perishable food out in the snow. Outside temperatures can vary and food can be exposed to unsanitary… Continue Reading

President Trump Picks Scott Gottlieb as Next FDA Commissioner

Scott Gottlieb, a practicing physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is President Donald J. Trump’s pick to be the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He was FDA’s deputy commissioners for medical and scientific affairs from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Gottlieb is one of the nation’s foremost voices for “changing… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: The president isn’t focused on safe food

Opinion

Since taking office, President Trump has instituted a freeze on federal employees and the same on new or pending regulations.  He signed an Executive Order setting up a task force within agencies to repeal old rules. The President has also asked for a $54 billion increase in military spending that will likely be offset by… Continue Reading

States want ‘robust partnership’ with Washington D.C. on ag

Policy goals for 2017 are being set this week by one of the nation’s smallest, but most powerful agricultural groups. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is meeting for its Winter Policy Conference, which is expected to bring together about 200 state, federal and private sector ag leaders. The gathering is occurring during… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Plant problems, drug residues, seafood HACCP

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most recently posted food-related warning letters went to a produce processing facility and a dairy in Michigan, an acidified food manufacturer in Japan, and a fish exporter in Ukraine. The agency told Pearson Foods Inc. in an Oct. 26 warning letter that a June 14-27 inspection of its ready-to-eat… Continue Reading

Man arrested for food tampering after child’s salsa bar illness

Police investigating a possible food tampering incident at a salsa bar in South Lake Tahoe, CA, have arrested a local man on a felony charge related to a similar incident last week in a different place. Harry Dally, 43, was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged with suspicion of food contamination that could be capable of… Continue Reading

Chicken chili soup recalled for possible Listeria contamination

Hale & Hearty Soups LLC of Brooklyn, NY, has recalled about 455 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken chili soup that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported Tuesday. The ready-to-eat chicken chili soup product was produced and packaged on Nov. 9. The following products are… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness to honor Food Safety Heroes

STOP Foodborne Illness, the Chicago-based national advocacy and education organization, will honor three Food Safety Heroes at a fundraising event being held Dec. 6 from 7-9 p.m. The awards will be given during the Food Safety Consortium at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., Schaumburg, IL. The benefit is open to the… Continue Reading