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Note to Small Farms: Keep Food Safety Front and Center When Donating or Selling to Food Banks

Opinion

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As you read this, please keep in mind that back in the 1970s and 80s, my family — ma, pa, and the kids — had a 20-acre place in northern Idaho. We raised sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits, and put in an orchard, several acres of hay, and a huge garden. We believed that the… Continue Reading

Food Safety Audits: Do We Have the System Backward?

Opinion

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(This article by Bob Whitaker, Ph.D., was originally posted here, and is reposted with his permission.) I was at a grower training event on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) awhile back, and it was a great event with impressive participation from the growers. The speakers were wonderful, and the content was carefully prepared. Over… Continue Reading

Open Letter About the Need for Food Lawyers

Opinion

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I want to fix food. Right now, there is no way for me to fix food with my law degree. Most food interests are funneled to environmental law or legal aid organizations. Environmental lawyers fight agencies, and legal aid lawyers (on behalf of farm workers) fight farmers. A food fix will not happen without agencies… Continue Reading

The Packinghouse: Safety and Uses of Process-Water

Opinion

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(This is Part 1B of a five-part series on produce safety by Roy E. Costa, R.S., M.S., a registered professional sanitarian and founder/owner of Environ Health Associates Inc. Part 1A was posted here on Feb. 25, 2015, and the series introduction was posted here on Feb. 10, 2015.) Packinghouse operations use process-water to cool and clean… Continue Reading

Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish to Guarantee Food Safety

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Those of us on the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline can always tell when St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Starting in early March, we begin to receive lots of questions about corned beef: How do you prepare it? How can you tell when it’s safely cooked? How long can you store it? While a traditional dinner… Continue Reading

CFIA Suspends Costco Canada’s License to Import Fish Into Canada

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended Costco Canada’s license to import fish into that country. According to a March 13 announcement, the license suspension was effective Feb. 26, 2015, and was issued because the agency “determined that adequate controls for food safety were not being reliably implemented by the company on a consistent basis… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: When Does Food Expire?

Opinion

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Here, where the mountains meet the plains at a junction called the Front Range, you are likely to hear conversations about storage food. I recently learned that my mother’s canning stored in the basement or storm cellar is now viewed as a sort of champagne level for storage food. Now, it more typically comes in… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Fourth-Deadliest Outbreak in U.S. History

Opinion

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When the news broke last month that a settlement was reached involving 66 victims of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe, I remember thinking that I needed to go back and make sure that the official Food Safety News list of the 10 most deadly outbreaks of foodborne and waterborne illnesses in the U.S…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time for a Single Food Safety Agency?

Opinion

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In 2009, during yet another foodborne illness outbreak, which had killed nine people and sickened more than 700 with Salmonella, our new president stated: At a bare minimum, we should be able to count on our government keeping our kids safe when they eat peanut butter…. That’s what Sasha eats for lunch…. probably three times… Continue Reading

The Down and Dirty on Manure and Food Safety

Opinion

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(This article by Phillip Tocco of Michigan State University Extension was first published here on March 4, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Manure can be a significant benefit to growing fresh produce or a potential threat to food safety when applied on produce farms. Raw manure should never come into contact with harvested produce, and,… Continue Reading