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Book preview: ‘Food Safety in the Seafood Industry’


Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wrote stern warning letters to about 60 U.S. seafood processors and fish importers. In carefully drafted American legalize, such warnings to those in the fish and fish products industry are almost always over failures to comply with seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. For… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Use this $250 million for food safety



Food safety, meaning the continuous inspection of meat, poultry, eggs — and now catfish, in fiscal 2017 will cost $1.221 billion. That amount is contained in the President’s $155 billion USDA budget proposal for 2017. We learned in political science class that budgets are the only true statements politicians make about their priorities. By that measure, food… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How not to poison your date on Valentine’s Day – 8 steps for getting lucky



I met the love of my life years before I became a bit too paranoid about dinning out. Yet, with my thoughts on the six foods I do not eat going viral world-wide, I was asked recently how to protect your Valentine’s Day date from barfing or experiencing diarrhea – clearly, neither a great start… Continue Reading

USDA, Obama commit to food safety research


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing grants totaling more than $30 million to fund 80 research projects aimed at improving food safety, reducing antibiotic resistance in food and increasing the resilience of plants. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant awards Wednesday, also saying that President Obama’s 2017 budget proposes investing $700 million for… Continue Reading

Consumer survey shows changing definition of food safety


A recent survey of 5,000 consumers nationwide that asked about food buying decisions showed changing attitudes about food safety. People still want toxin-free and pathogen-free food, but they also want more transparency from food producers and retailers about those and other food safety issues, according to the 2015 Food Value Equation Survey by Deloitte Consulting… Continue Reading

The age factor in sentencing for food safety crimes


For all the notoriety around criminal prosecutions over food safety, age is a factor that has not received much notice until now. Take 74-year old William B. Aossey, for example. He is the Halal food exporter convicted of switching out USDA establishment numbers to fulfill orders from facilities not approved for exports. His attorney says… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Restaurant Rising – Marler’s 12 Step Program



Were I  the CEO of a 1,900-store restaurant chain with 45,000 employees (with a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 1522:1), and just had six foodborne illness outbreaks in six months, what would I do this coming Monday morning? Frankly, with my stock price in free fall – losing $6 billion in value in less than two… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Spending Trickles Down to Food Safety


Flying money

They say that confession is good for the soul, so here goes. My confession is that I find most all of the peripheral food issues around food safety pretty boring. I was hoping Congress would take more of them off the table in the $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill it passed on Friday. Just for the… Continue Reading

FDA Wants More Information on Caffeinated Peanut Butter Safety


STEEM is a caffeinated peanut butter being sold in retail stores and online. Its makers say that STEEM is made with natural peanut butter and contains no artificial sweeteners. “Oh, and as much caffeine as two cups of coffee, so stick with the normal serving suggestions for the best effect,” they add. According to the… Continue Reading

Spending Bill Includes $104-Million Increase for FSMA, COOL Repeal


Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives released a $1.1-trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30, 2016. Lobbyists for full funding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) were pleased with the numbers. The Food and Drug Administration will receive a total of… Continue Reading