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Research Shows UV Light Can Kill Foodborne Pathogens on Certain Fruits

New research out of Washington State University shows that ultraviolet C light can help kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits. The light, which cannot penetrate opaque, solid objects, destroys the nucleic acid and disrupts the DNA of microorganisms. It’s been used for years to sanitize food contact surfaces, as well as drinking water. Shyam Sablani,… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A Shameless Salute to Our Publisher


This Sunday finds me away from my desk, and it occurred to me that this might be a good time to say something nice about our publisher. William D. Marler, managing partner of the well-known food safety law firm of Marler Clark, is the one figure in the world of food safety about whom few are… Continue Reading

Dung Beetles: Future Heroes of Organic Food Safety?

In 2011, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Oregon killed one person and sickened more than a dozen people. The outbreak was eventually traced back to organic strawberries grown at an Oregon farm, but how E. coli had managed to contaminate the strawberries remained a mystery for some time afterward. Eventually, state health officials… Continue Reading

School Gardens to Grow Under New USDA Project

Washington State University will develop and run a $1 million pilot project to create vegetable gardens at 70 elementary schools in four states, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday. The People’s Garden School Pilot Program will benefit an estimated 2,800 students attending schools in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas and serve… Continue Reading

Washington Dairies Target Antibiotic Resistance

In the negative drum roll about animal agriculture’s role in antibiotic resistance, the Washington State Dairy Federation’s commitment to promoting the judicious use of antibiotics offers a bright note of forward progress. In an antibiotic stewardship project begun in 1999, the federation joined forces with the Pierce County Antibiotic Resistance Taskforce to evaluate the use… Continue Reading

Synergistic Toxicity of Pesticides Hurts Salmon

Pesticides–all the insecticides, weed killers and fertilizers spread on yards and farms–aren’t the only problem contributing to the decline of the wild Pacific salmon. It’s the people who carelessly (or unknowingly) overuse these chemicals, says Prof. John Stark, an ecotoxicologist at Washington State University who specializes in risk assessment of threatened and endangered species. Stark,… Continue Reading

Organic Strawberries: Tastier, Last Longer

Washington State University researchers say they’ve found that organically grown strawberries are more nutritious, flavorful and have a longer shelf life than conventionally grown strawberries.  They also leave soil healthier. John Reganold, WSU professor of soil science, authored the strawberry study, which was published by the Public Library of Science in its online journal, PLoS… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Attorney Addresses Students

Seattle attorney William Marler gave a speech last Wednesday regarding foodborne illness law as a part of the Washington State University Common Reading Program.   The Common Reading Program chooses a different book each year that freshmen are required to read, and then is incorporated into their general education classes. This year’s book was The… Continue Reading