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County won’t name food vendor behind Rifle Rodeo outbreak

Health officials say they’re sure food from a specific vendor at the Rifle Rodeo in Garfield County, CO, caused an outbreak that sickened 40 percent of attendees, but they won’t name the rodeo organizer or the food vendor — neither of whom obtained required permits and neither of whom will be fined. About 80 of… Continue Reading

Faces of Food Safety: Meet Sabrina King of the USDA


Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sabrina King is an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO), serving the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in the Atlanta district. As an EIAO, King performs food safety assessments (FSAs) in slaughter and processing… Continue Reading

Newspaper posts tell-all database on restaurant inspections

At least one media outlet in Colorado, where a bipartisan legislature has voted to keep the public in the dark about restaurant inspections, is not playing along. House Bill 16-1401, which would ban local governments from reporting the results of restaurant inspections with letters, numbers or symbol grading systems, has been on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s… Continue Reading

More meetings disclosed on public calendars at FSIS and FDA

It’s probably just a coincidence, but the day after Food Safety News reported on the paltry reporting of 2016 meetings by top food safety officials with parties outside the federal government, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published the information for two more months. USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety and Acting FSIS Administrator… Continue Reading

FDA, FSIS slow the info flow; only one 2016 meeting reported

It looks like top officials at both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have fallen behind in the transparency department. Both FSIS and FDA have routinely published, after-the-fact, the calendars of their top officials, showing who they’ve been meeting with outside the federal government  This… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Statehouse Transparency

This week has not been an easy one for any of us. Certainly people most impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings or the West, Texas explosions had it worse than those of us who just had to watch in discomfort from a distance. The discomfort is that feeling that something is out of place. Maybe… Continue Reading