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Tentative Settlement Reached in MI Jail Food Poisoning Case


A tentative settlement has been reached in the federal lawsuit filed by 16 former inmates against Kent County, MI, and food vendor Aramark Corp., reports WZZM in Grand Rapids. The proposed settlement is between Aramark Corp. and the former inmates who, along with more than 200 others, claimed to have been sickened by chicken tacos served at… Continue Reading

Bearing Witness to Justice at the PCA Sentencing



Audiences at my lectures are often surprised that, after the death of my 16-month-old son, Riley, during the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, no state or federal agency filed criminal charges against anyone involved in that easily-preventable tragedy. For the past 22 years since Riley’s death, I viewed the American justice system… Continue Reading

Foodborne Illness Sickens More Than 80 Ontario Child Protection Employees


More than 80 child protection employees in Brantford, Ontario, were reportedly sickened by a foodborne illness after a recent day-long stress management conference. Andy Koster, executive director of Brant Family and Children’s Services, said Thursday, Sept. 17, that between 80-100 workers had called in sick starting last Friday, Sept. 11. “Some people have symptoms that… Continue Reading

PCA Does Not Reflect All in the Food Industry



Michael Parnell’s defense attorney is painting his client as a “little guy” who “lost it all.” I would dare Parnell and his defense team, and the other convicted former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, to stand before the families of the nine people who died as a result of their actions and try to… Continue Reading

New Research Shows Salmonella Strain Can Also Infect Mice

Triple Threat graphic Salmonella

In a new study, Cheryl Nickerson and her colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and NASA’s Johnson Space Center have demonstrated for the first time that a distinct form of Salmonella which has emerged in sub-Saharan Africa can cause lethal infections not only in humans but in mice. The Salmonella strain used in… Continue Reading

Twice-Hospitalized Salmonella Victim Sues Chipotle in Minnesota


April Beck of Minneapolis, MN, dined at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. at 2600 Hennepin Ave. S. on Aug 10, 2015, and within five days was showing signs of having been infected with Salmonella Newport. She is among 45 or more Salmonella cases involving the restaurant chain that have been reported since Sept. 2 to the Minnesota… Continue Reading

MN Health Officials Investigating 45 Salmonella Infections Linked to Chipotle Restaurants


The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that officials were investigating 45 cases of Salmonella Newport infection reported in the state since Wednesday, Sept. 2. Since many cases of salmonellosis do not seek health care and get tested, the number of ill people that are part of this outbreak is likely to be larger than… Continue Reading

Field Cucumbers Recalled From Five Canadian Retail Stores for Salmonella Risk

Bulk unwrapped cucumbers in box

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Overwaitea Food Group, a supermarket operator based in Langley, BC, is recalling field cucumbers purchased from Save On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Coopers Foods, Overwaitea, and Freson Brothers due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. This recall applies to fresh field… Continue Reading

Who Should Bear the Costs of Making Our Food Safe?



Is a simple cost-benefit analysis the right prism through which to view a preventive food safety program? Richard Williams’ interesting, but ultimately misguided, critique of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) strongly relies on cost-benefit worries to argue against four regulations the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to implement the new law. But… Continue Reading

Update: 9 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case in Seattle E. Coli Outbreak

Los Chilangos food truck

Update: The E. coli O157 outbreak in the Seattle area linked to Mexican food served at farmers markets and from food trucks is now at nine confirmed and one probable case, according to King County Public Health. The source of the problem has not yet been found. Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for the department, told Food… Continue Reading