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Part 3: History of Food Safety in the U.S.

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(This article by Michelle Jarvie of Michigan State University Extension was originally posted here on Oct. 21, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1 of her three-part series is here, and Part 2 is here.) Why do we hear more about food safety issues today than in the past? Are these issues something we really… Continue Reading

Here Comes the Cold Weather — and Mus Musculus

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For much of the country, as the temperatures drop, there is increased activity of mice to find a harborage area. For any food operation, or homeowner, for that matter, this means an increased potential of infestation if some proactive measures are not taken to eliminate entry. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Think like a… Continue Reading

How Much Do Voters Care About Food Safety Issues?

New poll results show they care, and they vote

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Food issues have the potential to be a deciding factor in how Americans vote in the midterm elections this November. According to polling by Food Policy Action (FPA), messages about voting against politicians who want to cut food stamps for veterans, slash funding for food safety, support subsidies for corporate farms over family farms, or… Continue Reading

Online Encyclopedia Helps Chinese Track Food Safety

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Last month, Bloomberg News profiled 28-year-old Wu Heng, the creator of a Wikipedia-like website for food safety violations in China. The article described how Wu felt victimized after discovering that pork can be chemically treated to look and taste just like beef, and he went on to start “Throwing It Out the Window,” a public encyclopedia where anyone… Continue Reading

Part 1: History of Food Safety in the U.S.

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(This article by Michelle Jarvie of Michigan State University Extension was originally posted here on Sept. 30, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Parts 2 and 3 in her series will be appear later this month.) One question I am commonly asked when talking about food safety is why we hear more about foodborne illness… Continue Reading

Celebrate Food Safety Education Month With a Clean Kitchen

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(This article by Barb Fuller and Laura Sternweis was published Sept. 4, 2014, by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and is reposted here with permission.) September is National Food Safety Education Month and an appropriate way to celebrate is to clean the kitchen, says an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist. “The kitchen… Continue Reading

Encourage Reporting of Suspected Foodborne Illness

Opinion

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(This article by Harlan Stueven, M.D., was published Sept. 2, 2014, in Food Safety Magazine and is reposted here with permission.) The world seemed shocked that the Noma Restaurant of Copenhagen would be implicated as a source of food poisoning. The restaurant had been awarded high ranks by Michelin. Some call it the “World’s Finest Restaurant.” But, in… Continue Reading

Labor Day: Don’t Invite Pathogens to Your Picnic

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Thousands of Labor Day picnics and barbecues are being held today in backyards, parks, churches, and at special holiday events all across the country. To make sure that foodborne pathogens aren’t a gatecrasher at your Labor Day celebration, remember to handle picnic foods safety. Here are some helpful tips: Picnic and barbecue foods (potato salad,… Continue Reading

Four McDonald’s Restaurants Closed in Moscow Following Alleged Food Safety Complaints

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Four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow have been temporarily closed by Russia’s consumer watchdog agency known as Rospotrebnadzor, which claimed that the company had violated several sanitary laws. Rospotrebnadzor also announced that unscheduled visits would be made to McDonald’s outlets in the Urals in central Russia. McDonald’s officials said they were checking into the complaints and hoped to reopen… Continue Reading