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Part 2: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

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(This article, focused on growers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 1, focused on consumers, can be found here.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States. This… Continue Reading

Videos Reveal 5 Common Food-Safety Mistakes

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A team led by Christine Bruhn, Ph.D., food-safety expert and Institute of Food Technologists spokesperson, recently videotaped 120 consumers as they prepared a chicken and a salad in their homes. They found that, while many felt confident about their food safety skills, many were making critical mistakes while preparing their meals that could lead to foodborne… Continue Reading

Part 1: Are Raw Sprouts Safe?

Opinion

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(This article, focused on consumers, is by Julia Darnton and Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension. It was originally posted here on Dec. 16, 2014, and is reposted with permission. Part 2, focused on growers, will appear tomorrow.) In 2011, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was linked to alfalfa sprouts and spicy sprouts in the United States…. Continue Reading

Online Survey: Floridians Concerned About Food Safety, GMO Foods

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An October online survey of 524 adult residents of Florida found that respondents are concerned about food safety and genetically modified foods and believe they do a good job of keeping themselves safe from foodborne illnesses. However, they may be unclear about which foods, preparation techniques or cooking methods pose the highest risk. The survey,… Continue Reading

Don’t Rinse Your Turkey and Other Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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Despite what Julia Child might have told us during the height of her authority on all things related to home cooking, we should not be washing our raw poultry — especially not in the kitchen sink. To ensure your family enjoys Thanksgiving without any gastrointestinal interruptions, Food Safety News has compiled a guide to Thanksgiving food… Continue Reading

No Incidence of Food Contamination From RPCs

Opinion

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(This open letter was sent Oct. 28, 2014, to all growers/shippers and retailers by Jerry Welcome, president of the Reusable Packaging Association, on behalf of the group’s members.) Providing a safe food supply chain is a top concern for the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) and our members. In fact, there has never been a documented food… Continue Reading

Are Recalls an Effective Element of Food Safety?

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Consumers have grown accustomed to the routine of food safety recalls: A food company announces a recall after releasing a product into the market that later turns out to be contaminated with a harmful pathogen, or is otherwise faulty. The company advises customers to check the identifying numbers on the product to see if theirs… Continue Reading

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

Opinion

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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