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Publisher’s Platform: Six deadliest U.S. foodborne outbreaks

Although the United States is know world-wide as having one of the safest food supplies, there have been instances where some of the foods most commonly consumed in our country have resulted in tragedy. Jack-in-the- Box E. coli Outbreak – 1992 – 1993 708 ill, 171 hospitalized and 4 dead An outbreak of E. coli… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

Opinion

I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please, put me out of business

Opinion

From about 2011 though the summer of 2015 business was slower for The Food Safety Law Firm, which meant on average less people were sickened by the food they ate. For some time I thought the food industry was actually “Putting me out of Business.” However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: 75 sproutbreaks later, fresh raw sprouts still not safe

Opinion

Thanks to my friends at Barfblog for keeping track of the Sproutbreaks over the last couple of decades. These outbreaks have been some of the largest and most deadly in the world. Now we are seeing two being reported in the United States in the last few weeks. A total of nine people infected with… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Reasonable Proposal for Safer Meat

Opinion

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has once again proposed a law that would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the ability that it does not believe it already has to recall meat tainted with the pathogenic Salmonella bacteria. The law, in essence, would prompt FSIS to label Salmonella for… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time to Discard That Wire Brush?

Internal injuries from ingestion of wire grill-cleaning bristles are well documented.  In a single hospital system, 12 patients with injuries due to ingestion of wire bristles were reported between July 2009 and June 2012. The severity of injury ranged from puncture of the soft tissues of the neck, causing severe pain on swallowing, to perforation… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will Whole Genome Sequencing Solve More Outbreaks?

Opinion

“No illnesses have been reported to date.” How many times have we read a food recall notice posted on either the FDA or FSIS websites and written by the companies recalling the product who use that self-serving statement?  I would say most of the time. In the past few months the CDC has reported three… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: It is Time for a Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Food Safety

Opinion

Food safety programs are the crazy uncles of corporate food production – everyone has one, but no one really wants to talk about it. Corporate management on average is far more interested in sales and profits and would just as soon ignore those people who talk incessantly about a “culture of food safety,” or “food… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Townsend Farms Class Letter

Opinion

I know lawyers suffer from an image problem. Most people think we spend our weekend on fancy golf courses or driving jet boats around tropical isles. I actually like driving jet boats at high speed. I had one once. But I don’t have any time anymore, especially in the aftermath of each of these continued… Continue Reading