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

Opinion

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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

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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

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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

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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

Opinion

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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

Opinion

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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

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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

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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

Chipotle’s First Norovirus Outbreak in California was Larger Than Boston College’s

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An official chronology of the Simi Valley, CA, norovirus outbreak involving Chipotle Mexican Grill customers and employees, which has been obtained by Food Safety News, shows that there were far more victims than were reported at the time. The report reveals that the Simi Valley outbreak was larger than any of the other four outbreaks Chipotle… Continue Reading

E. coli O26: The Emerging Pathogen Bugging Chipotle’s Customers

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“When you’re only No. 2, you try harder,” was Avis’ slogan for 50 years. It could be picked up at some point in the future by E. coli 026, the pathogen that has sickened Chipotle customers in nine states. It’s been just a dozen years since 026 began to get recognition as a new killer… Continue Reading