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A new era of food transparency with Wal-Mart center in China

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Wal-Mart fresh food delivery trucks in China provide temperature-controlled transportation to help ensure the safety of the food.

Editor’s note: Depending on which hemisphere you are in while reading this column by Wal-Mart Vice President for Food Safety Frank Yiannas, the retailer’s new Food Safety Collaboration Center is opening today or tomorrow (March 29) in Beijing, China.  The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically… Continue Reading

USDA says beef hearts are now OK in ground beef

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UPDATE: Aaron Lavallee, deputy assistant administrator in the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, today told Food Safety News there’s nothing new about beef hearts being permitted by the regulations in ground beef. “There is no change to FSIS regulations,” Lavallee says. “Ground beef that consumers purchase every day… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: My New Hero, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas

Opinion

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Last week I had the honor to speak at the Michigan State University (MSU) Food Safety Program (for those who follow me on Instagram, I took a ferry, car, train and plane to get there).  The speech was included in two days of sessions facilitated by Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety & Health, Walmart,… Continue Reading

Consumers want transparency, not just see-through packaging

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Consumers are becoming increasingly wary of what they didn’t know about their food; more concerned that food processors might be intentionally hiding things from them. A story published by Forbes in fall 2015 pointed out the dangers of not being upfront. They asked processors that frightening question: “What did you know and when did you… Continue Reading

Public demands what feds suggest: Traceability via food labels

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While the Food Safety Modernization Act doesn’t require transparency, it encourages it, but equally important for food manufacturers, consumers are increasingly demanding traceability. “Companies are under pressure from consumers, as trust is the lowest it’s ever been,” said John Keogh, president and principal advisor, Shantalla Inc., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “Trust can be lost… Continue Reading

Transparency Challenges Make Food Safety a Tough Beat for Reporters

Opinion

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This article was originally published on the Columbia Journalism Review’s blog The Observatory.  In the January/February edition of the Columbia Journalism Review, I report on the challenges facing journalists covering food safety, from the slow trickle of information during foodborne illness outbreaks to the complicated food-regulatory system. While some of these issues are unique to… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Coincidences & Routines

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If you are like I am, you probably don’t believe much in coincidence. For two years running now, Cargill Meat Solutions has announced major meat recalls for Salmonella contamination during the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). A coincidence? It was last Aug. 3 on the last day of IAFP’s 2011… Continue Reading

‘Do Pass’ Recommendation Added to Missouri Ag-Gag Bill

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Only a floor vote in the Missouri Senate may stand between Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk and a bill making fraud and interference new crimes if carried out at agricultural facilities, a so-called “ag-gag” law. House Bill 1860, adopted by the Missouri House on a 124-29 vote, now carries an important  “do pass” recommendation from the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: CDC – Sandwiches or Tacos?

Does the CDC like tacos more than sandwiches?  Or, is it hopefully something else? First, let’s be clear, confidential patient information should never be disclosed absent the patient agreeing to it. And, second, a report should not be issued if there is no outbreak linked to a product and/or manufacturer.  However, once an outbreak is… Continue Reading