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Several dozen sick after Rifle Rodeo; public asked for help

Colorado public health officials have ruled out waterborne, airborne and person-to-person infection routes for an outbreak of illnesses among several dozen attendees of a rodeo, leaving food as a likely source. The Garfield County Public Health Department repeated its plea Friday for help from everyone who attended the rodeo in Rifle, CO, at the county… Continue Reading

Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will the Justice Department look at Dole’s history of recalls and outbreaks?

Opinion

In a press release last week Dole announced that it had “recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns.”  Dole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s investigation stems from a Listeria outbreak that sickened 19… Continue Reading

Might FDA’s restaurant reach exceed its grasp?

Opinion

FDA and Chipotle

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” — from Robert Browning’s “Andrea del Sarto” Part 2: Does case law support FDA’s expansive position on jurisdiction? According to published policy, the Food and Drug Administration claims to have “jurisdiction over all products made from interstate components regardless of the… Continue Reading

Stockholder seeks damages; claims Chipotle execs knew food safety was inadequate

A woman who bought 105 shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill in December — after the restaurant chain was linked to six outbreaks in as many months — says the chain and its executive trio owes her and other stockholders damages. Susie Ong filed a securities action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of… Continue Reading

Update: Blue Bell says Listeria threat will always remain

UPDATE:  Blue Bell has since released another statement as a “clarification.”  “In our facilities, we have identified suspected areas where bacteria may be present but in no case have we confirmed Listeria monocytogenes.  The entire purpose of our enhanced environmental testing is to identify locations where bacteria could be found in our facility in order… Continue Reading

Lydia’s 10 Favorite Food Safety News Articles

Opinion

Editor’s Note:  Food Safety News  Washington D.C. correspondent Lydia Zuraw for the past two and one half  years will after today be found reporting for nonprofit Kaiser Health News.   She was kind enough to leave us some departing thoughts on the work she did for our readers. —– During my time with Food Safety… Continue Reading

Chipotle Installing New Food Safety Protocols From the Ground Up

After being responsible within a six-month window for five outbreaks sickening at least 355 people with various pathogens and viruses — and also closing at least 62 of its restaurants — there’s plenty of interest in Chipotle Mexican Grill’s next move. The company has a lot on its plate right now as it works to win back the… Continue Reading

Report: Fewer Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Being Reported or Solved Today

States are reporting and solving fewer foodborne illness outbreaks compared to 10 years ago, according to a new report by the nonprofit consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI’s report analyzed 10 years of data on state outbreaks reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 2003… Continue Reading