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FDA and Stealth Recalls

Stealth – the act or characteristic of moving with extreme care and quietness, especially so as to avoid detection – Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 About 10 days ago, I complained about an unpublicized Class I recall, which was described in FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report dated… Continue Reading

Documents from Michigan Further Identify Taco Bell

On Monday, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Food Safety News, the Michigan Department of Community Health released documents again naming Taco Bell as the mystery Mexican-style fast food chain linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infection from October and November 2011.   Michigan has become the second state to release documents implicating… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Public Disclosure and Public Health

Full Disclosure:  If you do not like lawyers, and according to most polls lawyers are less liked than members of Congress, your first thought might be that this op-ed’s purpose is to get public health to announce more outbreaks so I can get more work.  That certainly might be a result of more robust disclosure,… Continue Reading

Should FSIS Publish Plant Inspection Reports?

The National Research Council (NRC) recently suggested that FSIS release of establishment-specific data could benefit food safety.  Pertinent excerpts of media reports include the following statements: “Substantial benefits can be gained by publicly posting (a) enforcement data from reports written by inspectors, and (b) testing data from standard laboratory tests.”  “The report comes in light… Continue Reading

NRC Opens Door to Online Posting of FSIS Inspection Data

Posting the results of government meat, poultry and egg inspections and testing data could have “substantial benefits” to food safety, according to the highly respected National Research Council. An NRC committee made up of agriculture experts and food safety advocates studied the possible consequences of publishing such detailed information on the Internet, and concluded that… Continue Reading