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New Database of Food Safety Inspections Includes About Half of All U.S. Counties

If you’ve ever tried to find a recent inspection report for a particular restaurant, you’ll know that the ease of accessing and understanding that information can depend on what city or county you live in. University of Maryland Economics Professor Ginger Jin and UCLA Associate Professor of Business Management Philip Leslie have been doing research… Continue Reading

CDC Wants to Survey Some Local and State Food Safety Programs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting approval to evaluate local and state food safety programs (FSPs), according to a proposal posted to the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 17. “The current tight fiscal environment faced by U.S. health departments has led to a significant reduction in funding for public health programs,… Continue Reading

Looking Ahead to 2014: State Budget Growth Might Finally Restore Some Local Health Department Jobs

In 2014, we’ll hear precious little about food safety from the federal government that will truly be new. For sure the White House has decisions to make on everything from poultry inspections to whom to nominate as the next Under Secretary for Food Safety. Congress, paid to make decisions it rarely seems to get around… Continue Reading