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One more look at lessons unlearned in raw burger outbreak

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Before the federal Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention went public with the first announcement of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, the boss let everyone working on foodborne diseases know there was one “notable thing” about the brewpub chain involved. “Advance notification that ’tis the season again,” said Dr. Robert V. Tauxe in an… Continue Reading

USDA investment in research pays off with E. coli defenses

In the Nebraska laboratory of Rodney A. Moxley, intern Kenda Jackson examines blood agar plates while researching the effect of certain antibiotics on the detection of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in cattle. Jackson, a recent graduated from Tuskegee University in Alabama, was part of a team supported by a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant. Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communications

A $25 million research project that has already produced improved detection and eradication techniques for toxic E. coli is beginning its seventh year with the continued goal of reducing public health risks. Scientists and educators at 18 institutions have been working on the project, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Get Poisoned before its a movie

Opinion

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UPDATE:  We went through over 100 since I posted this on Saturday.  You still can get them at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Poisoned-Deadly-Outbreak-Changed-Americans/dp/098495435X – sorry. So, who plays me from 1993? Last year I offered to give a book to each new person who subscribed to Food Safety News – I have 100 paperback books left.  So,… Continue Reading

Mother of Jack in The Box outbreak victim dies

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Suzanne Kiner, food safety advocate and mother of one of the child victims of the infamous 1993 Jack in The Box E. coli outbreak, died Jan. 5, 2016, at age 67. Kiner’s daughter Brianne was 9 years old in 1993 when she contracted what developed into a life-threatening infection from E. coli in a fast food hamburger…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Chipotle – Parallels with Jack-in-the-Box and Odwalla

Opinion

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The more things change the more things stay the same. Friday a Chipotle stockholder brought suit against the company, filing a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. In the complaint, the investor accused Chipotle of failing to disclose that its “quality controls were inadequate to safeguard consumer and… Continue Reading

CDC Offers a Look Back at 20 Years of FoodNet

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Twenty years ago, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta established the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to track incidence of foodborne illness. For the September 2015 issues of Emerging Infectious Diseases, members of the FoodNet workgroup wrote about the history and achievements of the program. In the late 1980s… Continue Reading

Now-Recalled Rancho Beef Found Its Way Into Jack in the Box and Other Fast-Food Hamburgers

Restaurants Escape USDA's 'Retail List'

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Jack in the Box and other fast-food restaurants were not included in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list of retailers who might have received recalled beef from Rancho Feeding Corp. in Petaluma, CA. The retail list for the Rancho recall is one of the longest ever, with more than 5,800 stores. But it turns out… Continue Reading

Reagan Reflects on Food-Safety Record at Cattlemen’s Beef Association

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Looking back on his time at the the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, James “Bo” Reagan tends to focus on his work within the beef industry to help beat back the threat of E. coli. In the unending war between an entire industry and a single bacterium, he has likely led more battles than anyone else…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: McDonald’s and E. coli, 30 Years Later

Opinion

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A few weeks ago I was giving a talk at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Boston.  My talk was primarily an overview of where food safety has come since the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in 1993.  At one point I introduced an article I found in 1993 at… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: The Food Industry

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Last week, Food Safety News acknowledged leaders in government, education, non-government organizations, consumer groups and the media who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we end our series focusing on food safety leaders by naming names in the food industry. Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us… Continue Reading