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Faces of food safety: Meet Cedric Dial of the FSIS

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Editor’s note: This is a recent installment in a series of employee profiles being published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, republished here with permission. Cedric Dial, a consumer safety inspector in the Dallas District, has been a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service civil servant for 18 years, while also… Continue Reading

ABC strikes back by churning up BPI’s earlier history

Meat packer has heavy burden of proof in $1.9 billion defamation case against network

ELK POINT, SD — It would probably not be accurate to say Professor Mindy Brashears speaks with a Texas twang or that ABC’s attorney Dane Butswinkas has a Richmond dialect, but the difficulty the two have understanding each other slowed proceedings on the fourth day of the $1.9 billion civil defamation trial against the network…. Continue Reading

USDA investment in research pays off with E. coli defenses

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

OSI’s Shanghai unit on blacklist for 2014 Dragon TV scandal

The last word in the 2014 scandal involving the sale of expired and substandard meat by Husi Food Co. has come down from the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration. Shanghai’s local regulator Sunday imposed fines totaling 24 million yuan — about $3.6 million — on Husi and its parent company, OSI Group LLC. Both… Continue Reading

Supplier to Yum, McDonald’s in China calls food safety convictions ‘injustices’

Before the trial of two of its Shanghai facilities and 10 employees, officials with OSI Group expressed “confidence in China’s legal system,” and said they believed the local court would “come to a fair and reasonable judgement with full respect to the facts and laws.” But Monday, after a Shanghai court convicted the two Husi Food… Continue Reading

OSI Chinese Units and Ten Employees Go On Trial in Shanghai Over Expired Meat

Two China units and ten employees of the Aurora, IL-based OSI Group have gone on trial in Shanghai over food safety violations that could result in fines, jail sentences or both. Chinese prosecutors brought charges of producing and selling sub-standard food products against the two units and ten employees in September. They stem from a… Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

Coming Next Summer: Antibiotic-Free Chicken From Papa John’s

Papa John’s is the latest fast-food chain to announce plans to cut out antibiotics from its chicken production. But while McDonald’s set a two-year timeline, Chick-fil-A set a five-year timeline, and Subway was criticized for setting no timeline at all, the pizza chain is pledging to be antibiotic-free by next summer. Papa John’s will be the… Continue Reading

Hep A Vaccinations for 3,000 Cost $100,000 After NY McDonald’s Exposure

The Finger Lakes Times reported Nov. 28, 2015, that Seneca County Public Health recognized for its response to a recent Hepatitis A scare after a McDonald’s worker in Waterloo, NY, was diagnosed with the illness. The department set up clinics at Mynderse Academy and the county office building, vaccinating thousands of diners who patronized the restaurant… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Confirmed in McDonald’s Worker in New York State

The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at the McDonald’s outlet at 2500 Mound Rd. in Waterloo, NY. This individual worked while they may have been shedding the Hepatitis A virus and before being diagnosed with the illness, the department stated. Because of how Hepatitis A… Continue Reading