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Imported food sickens more Americans than ever

Increasing demand in the U.S. for year-round access to all foods means more foreign food in grocery stores and that means more foodborne illness outbreaks from imported food. Writing for the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four researchers take a deep dive into outbreak trends involving… Continue Reading

More refusals were headed to produce aisles than fish counters

A report that freely acknowledges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has neither the personnel nor the funding to physically inspect more than 1 percent of all shipments” looks at the results of FDA’s main border enforcement tool known as “import refusals.” FDA is responsible for the safety of food imported into the United… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Mansour to the Rescue

Opinion

With its stock price in the toilet, its fourth-quarter earnings dwindling, and more of its customers becoming outbreak victims, Chipotle Mexican Grill decided last week was a good time to announce a new food safety initiative. Believe it or not, there is precedent for that. Today is not as dire a time for Chipotle as two decades… Continue Reading

Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce

Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the government’s safe food handling advice to consumers is to wash hands before and after handling food and clean cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item. But the U.S. Food… Continue Reading

CA Produce Testing Reveals Low or No Pesticide Residues

More than 96 percent of the fruits and vegetables for sale last year in California met federal pesticide safety standards, according to residue test results released Wednesday by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). The testing, using state-of-the-art equipment, was done by DPR scientists on 3,471 samples of produce, including 234 labeled as “organic,” which were… Continue Reading

Listeriosis and Produce: What’s the Connection?

(This post by Danisha Garner, a graduate student in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, is the second in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first post in the series can be… Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli From Feedlots Can Contaminate Produce by Air

New research finds that E. coli O157:H7 can spread more than a tenth of a mile downwind from a cattle feedlot onto nearby produce. In the study, first author Elaine D. Berry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and her colleagues sampled leafy greens growing in nine plots (three each… Continue Reading

Studies Find Reusable Produce Containers Often Contaminated

Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last decade, effectively replacing corrugated boxes with a more environmentally friendly alternative. But two studies — one in Canada and one in the U.S. — have found serious problems with the general sanitation and… Continue Reading

FDA’s 2014 Food Safety Challenge: Salmonella in Fresh Produce

Opinion

Even with one of the safest food supplies in the world, 1 in 6 Americans is sickened by foodborne illness each year, resulting in thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in health care costs. That’s why my colleagues and I are excited to announce the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge, the FDA’s first open… Continue Reading

Tested CA Produce Shows Little or No Detectable Pesticide Residues

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced Tuesday that the majority of 2013 produce samples it tested had little or no detectable pesticide residues and posed no health risk to the public. Ninety-five percent of all California-grown produce, sampled by DPR in 2013, was in compliance with the allowable limits, the agency stated. DPR tested… Continue Reading