Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Jack in the Box

Publisher’s Platform: Dave Theno defined food safety culture

Opinion

Theno mug quote

Editor’s note: Food Safety crusader David M. Theno died Monday, June 19, 2017, when he was hit by a large wave while swimming with his grandson. Bill Marler, who worked with Theno to raise food safety awareness for more than 25 years, posted these thoughts after receiving the news about the death of his comrade… Continue Reading

Large wave hits, kills food safety icon David M. Theno

Dave Theno

Food safety icon David M. Theno, 66, was hit by a large wave Monday while swimming with his grandson near Hulopoʻe Beach fronting Hawaii’s  Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi.  Local firefighters responded to a report of a man being  pulled from the ocean at 1:29 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017. Lānaʻi (File photo by Wendy Osher) Theno was… Continue Reading

Beef expert says Avila called, but wouldn’t listen to BPI details

Jury in 'pink slime' case sees video depositions from expert David Theno and ABC News producer

On its website beefisbeef.com, BPI has links to several videos showing some of its facilities and describing food safety practices.

Video depositions are being heard during this second week of the $1.9 billion civil defamation trial in Elk Point, SD, that BPI hopes will cause the jury to believe ABC knew the reports it aired about lean finely textured beef being “pink slime” were not truthful. Beef Products Inc. sued ABC under the South Dakota… Continue Reading

One more look at lessons unlearned in raw burger outbreak

rare.hamburger

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

Poisoned_4x3

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

Screen-Shot-2016-01-12-at-8.55.15-AM

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

chipotle

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

CDCbuilding_406x250

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'

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-fast-food-hamburger-image12143746

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