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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

Putting Science on the Table

Opinion

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I’m heartened by the fact that so many people are finally talking about food and nutrition security. There is increasingly widespread recognition that our growing population, increasingly volatile weather conditions, limited natural resources, and many other factors are straining our food and agricultural systems and will undoubtedly further complicate the significant challenge of achieving food and… Continue Reading

How to Keep Bacteria Out of Your Child’s Lunchbox

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With back-to-school season right around the corner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make sure that parents keep their kids’ lunches safe. Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. Children younger than five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection in the United… Continue Reading

Developing a Food Recall Plan is Important to any Food Processor’s Business

Opinion

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(This article by Frank Gublo of Michigan State University Extension and Paige Filice of MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was first posted July 28, 2014, on the MSU Extension site and is reposted here with permission.) Food processors should have processes in place, such as a HACCP plan and a recall plan, to evaluate products and the management… Continue Reading

FSIS Enhances Food Safety Protections for Ground Beef

Opinion

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(This Aug. 14, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef… Continue Reading

Chinese Walmart Store Being Investigated for Food Safety Violations

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According to the Xinhua news service, Chinese regulators are investigating a Walmart store in Shenzhen for food safety violations. The inquiry was reportedly prompted by videos taken by a company employee; however, Walmart officials denied there was any wrongdoing at the store. Walmart officials stated that the company had launched its own investigation in response… Continue Reading

Looking Back: 100 Years of U.S. Food Safety History

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In the winter of 1924, oysters grown in polluted waters near Long Island, NY, caused an outbreak of typhoid fever from Salmonella Typhi that killed 150 people and sickened at least 1,500. To this day, it holds the record for the highest body count of any foodborne illness outbreak in U.S. history. At the time… Continue Reading

Government Accountability Project Adds New Whistleblower Resources

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The Government Accountability Project runs a campaign aimed at protecting and empowering employees to speak out against waste, fraud, abuse and violations of the law along the food supply chain. Some of the work of the group’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) includes fighting state anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” laws, shaming the poultry industry’s heavy use of chemicals,… Continue Reading

Hawaii Could Follow California by Repealing Glove Law

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Cost concerns and general opposition may prompt Hawaii to try and follow California by repealing new state health rules requiring food service workers to use utensils or gloves when preparing sushi or other ready-to-eat foods. The new rules just went into effect July 21 and have already drawn criticism from restaurant managers who say that… Continue Reading

UC Davis, Chinese University to Establish Joint Food Safety Center in China

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Officials with the University of California – Davis, and a China agricultural university in Shaanxi province signed an agreement this week to establish the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China. The signing ceremony was held Wednesday in the city of Yingchuan, China, during a meeting that also included officials from the U.S. Department… Continue Reading