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FDA launches training module on Sanitary Transportation Rule

As part of the preventive refocus that is the cornerstone of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration has launched an online training tool to help trucking companies meet the requirements of the new Sanitary Transportation Rule. “The Sanitary Transportation Rule requires rail and motor vehicle carriers covered by the rule to provide food… Continue Reading

Technology seen as solution to food safety transportation rule

What they called the “ice box on wheels” dates back to America’s railroads as early as 1851 and the huge fleets of today’s “reefer” trailers are examples of a transportation industry that has long embraced technology to overcome challenges. To the extent that the new food safety transportation rule add new requirements  to prevent food… Continue Reading

Staphylococcal Food Poisoning Hit Military Unit in 2012

A total of 22 people fell ill with Staphylococcal food poisoning after an undisclosed military unit luncheon in July 2012, according to information made available in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The newly revealed outbreak serves as a reminder of the importance of properly… Continue Reading

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips as Hurricane Irene Nears

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing recommendations for residents in states that might be affected by Hurricane Irene to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses in the event of power outages, flooding, and other problems that could be associated with the storm. “Hurricanes not only pose dangers to… Continue Reading

Potato Soup and Botulism: A Cautionary Tale

There’s good reason the label says “keep refrigerated.” And also good reason not to taste food to see if it’s gone bad. Two people found that out the hard way, and became very sick with botulism after tasting potato soup left unrefrigerated for weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relates in its current… Continue Reading

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Emergencies

With tsunami warnings and advisories issued for Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, and heavy rains causing floods on the East Coast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is providing recommendations to residents in those areas to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages and other problems… Continue Reading

Ensure Food Safety When the Power Goes Out

Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter! It’s a fact of modern life: sometimes the power goes out. If your power goes out, knowing how to keep food safe can help minimize the loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. I have put together some… Continue Reading

Relating Refrigeration to Climate Change

Along with the many environmental problems posed by global climate change, an increase in ambient temperature could have negative effects on food safety everywhere, but particularly in developing countries. That’s the message of a 2010 study in “Food Research International,”  which investigates the varied effects of climate change on the “cold-chain”–a term that refers to… Continue Reading