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Publisher’s Platform: Why I love Doc Raymond – and Transparency

Opinion

Tomorrow the CDC will update the Romaine E. coli outbreak and probably say that it is “over” (last time it updated was May 16th). The numbers will also likely jump from 172 to 200 and the death toll will rise too (this is all too similar to the 2006 E. coli spinach outbreak that was supposed… Continue Reading

Egg farmers not defined by bad actors; industry is safe, clean

Opinion

Today’s opinion article (May 26, 2018) by Roy Costa RS, MS, entitled “Rose Acres Farms: Another Bad Actor, or a Deeper Problem” deserves a rebuttal from the nation’s egg farmers. Costa served as an expert witness for Marler Clark LLP when the 2010 Quality Egg Salmonella enteritidis outbreak occurred. Egg farmers today are providing a… Continue Reading

Straightforward, step-by-step recalls are best for everyone

Opinion

One month after leaving FDA, I was asked to advise a company that was about to undergo a food recall for the first time.    In my tenure at the Food and Drug Administration, leading communications for the foods program, I was usually involved in recalls tied to major outbreaks or to complex, potentially high-risk… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Besides hepatitis A, what do McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Texas Roadhouse have in common?

Opinion

Answer: They are all in Kentucky where a hepatitis A outbreak has been ongoing for months. With 272 people infected with Hepatitis A in Kentucky, restaurants must offer hepatitis A vaccines to employees – its common sense. – Full Report A McDonald’s Corp. employee in Kentucky could have potentially spread hepatitis A to customers, according to local health… Continue Reading

Vinegar can help home cooks battle bacteria on leafy greens

Opinion

The most recent outbreak from Escherichia coli O157:H7 in romaine lettuce spurred me to pull up an old draft, trim it and post it in an attempt to promote public health. Enjoy.  In the Spring of 2017 while sprinkling balsamic vinegar over chopped romaine lettuce, I wondered if anyone had published on the bactericidal effect… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Giving credit when, where it’s due

Kudos to Frank Yiannas and other Walmart leaders for putting food safety on the plate

Opinion

Over the past 20-plus years I have given countless talks to food industry groups on the moral and business reasons to “not poison your customers.”   However, it has only been a handful of companies that have allowed me behind the curtain (at no charge) to talk directly, candidly and forcefully about the role of… Continue Reading

Touchy feely restaurant screens covered with creepy crawlies

Opinion

Restaurants are increasingly moving from clipboards and pens to digital technology. And they should. These digital tools streamline and simplify multiple processes – from taking customers’ orders to facilitating inspections. But now, patrons and staff are likely to touch – and share – multiple screens. Whether your host is sending a text about an open… Continue Reading

U.S. representative wants review of lab meat, cell-cultured food

Opinion

Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, sent the below letter regarding so-called lab meat and other cell-cultured foods to Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States, on March 28. Dear Mr. Dodaro: I am writing to request that GAO investigate what regulatory framework, if any, exists for cell-cultured food products and how this framework… Continue Reading