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STOP Foodborne Illness to honor Food Safety Heroes

STOP Foodborne Illness, the Chicago-based national advocacy and education organization, will honor three Food Safety Heroes at a fundraising event being held Dec. 6 from 7-9 p.m. The awards will be given during the Food Safety Consortium at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive N., Schaumburg, IL. The benefit is open to the… Continue Reading

2015’s Nice List From Your Friends at Food Safety News


On this Christmas morning, we are pleased to announce that there are children who were Nice to food safety this year. We know they are among those who found presents under their tree and their stockings filled with goodies. Let’s begin looking at who they are: Michael R. Taylor, the deputy commissioner of foods at… Continue Reading

Praise for an Unlikely ‘Whistleblower’


Kenneth Kendrick, missing Monday from the federal courthouse in Albany, GA, did not hear the praise that came from a witness during a pivotal day in the world of food safety. Kendrick is a former assistant plant manager of the Plainview, Texas, peanut processing facility once owned by the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)…. Continue Reading

Parnells Will Spend the Night in Federal Lockup, Face Many More

Stewart and Michael Parnell will be guests of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons tonight (Monday, Sept. 21, 2015). Mary Wilkerson apparently was given the option of reporting. The long Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) tragedy is over. The deadly Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak PCA products caused back in 2008-09 will take its place in history, with nine deaths and… Continue Reading

Outbreak Victims Suggest $500,000 in PCA Restitution for Food Safety Groups

Randy Napier and Jeff Almer, whose mothers were among nine fatalities of the Salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) products, have written to U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to suggest that $500,000 in restitution be imposed on the PCA criminal defendants and the proceeds split among groups that represent victims of foodborne… Continue Reading

Our Food Safety System Needs a Fully Funded FSMA


Lung cancer and a brain tumor didn’t kill my mother — Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter did. My friends and family mourned her passing, but we resolved to try to fix the system that ultimately allowed irresponsible food manufacturers to ship tainted peanut products nationwide, sickening more than 700 people and killing nine. In February 2009, I testified… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Hands Santa Nice List Nominees for 2014

Merry Christmas! Whether today finds you celebrating the birth of Christ, the Winter Solstice, or about to observe Kwanzaa, the one thing everyone can agree on is that we need more nice people in this world. Food Safety News is pleased to present our sixth-annual nominations for Santa’s nice list. As we did during the… Continue Reading