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E. coli claims 4 more lives; growers promise changes

CDC reports 197 sick in 35 states with more infections expected; FDA still searching for source

More people are sick, more people have died, and more states are reporting E. coli infections in an ongoing outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. As the CDC was releasing the new numbers Friday, growers were promising to figure out what happened and take action. Outbreak investigators have been trying to trace the romaine for two… Continue Reading

Seeking new models for food safety collaboration, progress 

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a… Continue Reading

Perdue’s plan pleases business, concerns food safety experts

FDA, USDA food safety veterans fear public interest will take back seat to exporters' interests

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is making a peculiar argument for transferring the U.S. Codex Office from food safety to trade. Perdue is claiming the move will better ensure that the international standards are “grounded in science,” which is the peculiar part. The U.S. Codex Office has long reported to the USDA undersecretary for food safety,… Continue Reading

Dave Theno Fellowship unveiled at IAFP food safety conference

TAMPA, FL — Before beginning three days of seminars, panel discussions, scientific research presentations and high-level collaboration on how to make food safer, members of the International Association for Food Protection paused Sunday evening to remember and honor one of the best of their ranks. In a special presentation before the annual Ivan Parkin Lecture,… Continue Reading

FDA’s former top food cop now focused on food security

Opinion

Editor’s note: Mike Taylor, who just left his post as deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, sent this message to friends and colleagues June 8 and granted Food Safety News permission to reprint it here. Since I announced my plans to leave FDA, a number of you have asked what I will do next.  With… Continue Reading

Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool in the toolkit

Enough went into the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to make the food industry queasy, but the new law’s limited reliance on third-party auditors is still enough to make consumer advocates feel about the same way — at least for a while. The FSMA’s final rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification means the private auditors that… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: The transition is underway

Opinion

When this month of June ends, there will be just 200 days to go until Barack Obama is no longer president of the United States. Nobody has yet paid it much attention, but we are already in a transition period between this administration and the next one. We’d like to think its all tidy and… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Mike Taylor soon to get some me-time

Opinion

“Food safety is a continuous improvement activity,” says Mike Taylor, the outgoing deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Taylor was responding to questions from Food Safety News on the day after he announced he’d be leaving government after seven years as FDA’s food safety boss. Food… Continue Reading