Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

norovirus

Norovirus is parked down the road from GOP convention

RNC-2016-logo

Those attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland should have little to worry about when it comes to a norovirus outbreak more than a hour away in Sandusky, OH. The 11 staffers who were stricken are members of the advance team for the California delegation.The first illnesses began before the largest delegation arrived. By the… Continue Reading

Fish, chicken and dairy — mostly raw milk — top outbreak list

fishchickendairy_406x250

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is out with its annual report on foodborne disease outbreaks, showing 864 outbreaks involving 13,246 people, 712 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in 2014. CDC also reported the outbreaks led to 21 recalls of food products in 2014. Among the report’s other findings: Single food… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Exchange with CDC shows Chipotle still in denial

Opinion

bugs_406x250

You cannot make this stuff up. Chipotle Mexican Grill just keeps on giving. The Denver burrito chain was much in the news in the last half of 2015 with its back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back outbreaks involving one pathogen or another, sickening its customers and closing stores by the cluster. Not much was left of Chipotle’s “food with integrity”… Continue Reading

Worldwide human and economic costs of norovirus are huge

noroviruspic_406x250

Leave it to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put a price tag on the worldwide cost of norovirus. After a CDC-sponsored symposium in February, scientists and experts calculated the global numbers, estimating 200,000 deaths and an economic cost of $60 billion annually. The Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit organization of… Continue Reading

Food protection group agrees norovirus needs more attention

Opinion

Conference-for-Food-Protection-2016

Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID — On… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

Opinion

cleaning-menu-PF-Changs

Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading

3 steps to cleaner hands, safer food: Learn, develop, implement

Opinion

Attendees at the Council III meeting Sunday at the Conference for Food Protection bi-annual meeting discussed hand washing guidelines and policy. (Photo by Jim Mann)

Editor’s note: The outbreak referenced in this meeting coverage was linked to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Simi Valley, CA, and sickened an estimated 230 to 1,500 people, according to public health officials. Council meetings at the bi-annual Conference for Food Protection meeting turned to hand washing and norovirus this past weekend as a 2015 outbreak became a… Continue Reading

Chipotle using games, brains and off-site cooks to turn corner

profit-loss-signs

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has a new game online, a new executive director of food safety on payroll, a new public relations firm in New York City and new ways of cooking its food away from its restaurants. Now all it needs is new sales. Keeping with corporate promises about transparency in the wake of… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Chipotle closes because of norovirus

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-chipotle-restaurant-chelsea-new-york-mexican-grill-chain-more-than-restaurants-around-world-image39039407

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Massachusetts closed today because an employee tested positive for norovirus.  A spokesman for the beleaguered Denver-based fast food chain confirmed local media reports that the location was closed because of sick employees but did not provide many details. “After learning that four of our employees were not feeling well,… Continue Reading

Oregon oysters linked to norovirus outbreak sent to East Coast

logo-Oregon-Oyster-Farm

Oysters harvested from Yaquina Bay and sold raw to restaurants, retailers and direct to consumers by Oregon Oyster Farms Inc. are being recalled after at least 17 people who ate them recently contracted norovirus. Health officials are concerned that consumers, retailers and restaurants may still have the oysters on hand because their sell-by dates range from… Continue Reading