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CORE’s Stic Harris discusses food safety threats, FDA plans

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Stic Harris Courtesy of FDA Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, has been the director of FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) since August 2017. He is responsible for the agency’s surveillance, response, and post-response activities associated with outbreaks of illnesses caused by food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. In many ways, Harris defies the stereotype… Continue Reading

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