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Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meat


Chinese authorities in Shanghai have arrested six officials and employees from a subsidiary of the U.S. food supplier OSI Group in connection with the scandal involving expired meat served at a number of Western food chain franchises in China, according to Channel News Asia. The six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai… Continue Reading

Four McDonald’s Restaurants Closed in Moscow Following Alleged Food Safety Complaints


Four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow have been temporarily closed by Russia’s consumer watchdog agency known as Rospotrebnadzor, which claimed that the company had violated several sanitary laws. Rospotrebnadzor also announced that unscheduled visits would be made to McDonald’s outlets in the Urals in central Russia. McDonald’s officials said they were checking into the complaints and hoped to reopen… Continue Reading

A Food Safety ‘Belt and Suspenders’ System May be Emerging in China


Government plans to strengthen laws, combined with dramatic increases in private spending, especially by Western companies, may signal the emergence of a “belt and suspenders” approach to finally making food safety a reality for China’s 1 million food producers. Walmart, which is No. 9 among China’s top retailers, will triple its food safety spending after… Continue Reading

McDonald’s, Gerber: No Plans to Use GMO Apple


Edit (Nov. 8): This article has been amended to include a response from the creators of the Arctic Apple. The original headline read “McDonald’s, Gerber Reject GMO Apple.” Both fast-food giant McDonald’s and leading baby-food manufacturer Gerber have announced that they do not plan to sell or use the “Arctic” apple, the first genetically engineered apple… Continue Reading

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



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

After Salmonella Investigation, Illinois McDonald’s Reopens

A Bloomington, Illinois McDonald’s restaurant that voluntarily closed down while being investigated as a possible link to a 12-person Salmonella outbreak, has been cleared to reopen, the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced on Sunday. According to MCHD, the restaurant was closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 and then the owners chose to keep the… Continue Reading

Illinois McDonalds Closed for Salmonella Investigation


Owners of a Bloomington, Illinois McDonalds voluntarily shut the establishment down last week after it was linked to a series of Salmonella infections. Bob and Julie Dobski, who own 9 McDonalds franchises in the Bloomington-Normal area, were informed by health officials Wednesday night that the South Main Street location had been connected to a cluster… Continue Reading

McDonald’s to Add Calorie Counts to Menus


The trend in labeling calories on menus got super sized Wednesday when McDonald’s announced that it will include calorie information next to all menu items starting next week. The company says it will now provide calorie counts across the board in all of its 14,000 U.S. locations, making it the first nationwide fast food chain… Continue Reading

McDonald’s and Coca-Cola: An Unhealthy Alliance



Today the New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to limit the size of sugary soft drinks. Motivated by rising diet-related chronic diseases (along with healthcare costs), the Mayor’s attempt to rein in out-of-control portion sizes caused quite a media firestorm. Predictably, the soda lobby has come out swinging, complete with… Continue Reading

San Diego McDonald’s Employee Carried Hepatitis A in Late August


An employee of a McDonalds in San Diego, California was infected with Hepatitis A in late August and may have passed the virus on to consumers, warns the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The McDonalds where the individual works is located inside the Walmart at 3412 College Avenue. Customers who ate at… Continue Reading