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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

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