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Top food safety stories include regs, recalls, respects this year

Editor’s Note:  The Food Safety News list of the year’s most significant news is compiled annually by our writers and editors. The list for 2017 is not led by any one or two blockbuster food safety stories, but it also won’t be quickly forgotten. It was a year when there was finally a climax to… Continue Reading

Promise of Decision in Chesapeake Bay Poultry Case Before Year’s End

A federal judge in Baltimore has promised to issue his written decision, which could determine the future of the entire poultry industry on Maryland’s eastern shore, by year’s end. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson heard closing arguments on Nov. 30 in the case pitting a Kennedy scion and the University of Maryland Law School… Continue Reading

Questions Over Water Quality at Philly Airport

Philadelphia International Airport has lost its “approved” status for watering and aircraft servicing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an Aug. 9 warning letter to airport executive Mark Gale. In the warning letter, FDA put Philadelphia International Airport on “provisional” status, giving it 30 days to either regain approved status or face… Continue Reading

Berry Lovers Benefit from Food Safety Scrutiny

It’s berry season.  Time for some chlorine.   No, we’re not talking about chlorine as in sunglasses and swimming pools but rather chlorine as in berry farmers and irrigation water. And while the juxtaposition of swimming and irrigation water may at first seem far-fetched, the generally accepted food safety standard for irrigation water for crops… Continue Reading

Millions Chronically Exposed to Arsenic in Water

Between 35 and 77 million Bangladeshis have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking contaminated water, a public health calamity causing one in five deaths in the country, according to new research published in The Lancet medical journal. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, monitored 12,000 people over ten… Continue Reading

Water Source of Campylobacter Outbreak in Utah

The City of Saratoga Springs, Utah, issued a boil water order for the northern half of the city this week after Campylobacter bacteria were discovered in the city’s culinary water system.   According to an advisory issued by the Utah County Health Department, residents, schools, commercial businesses, and all other users of the culinary water… Continue Reading

Vilsack Announces Ohio Wastewater Project

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding of a regional wastewater system in Scioto County, Ohio Tuesday. The project will alleviate public health and water quality problems associated with failed individual community systems by providing a centralized wastewater treatment system for 1,340 users in four rural Ohio communities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will… Continue Reading

EPA Cracks Down on Coal Mining Pollution

One day after spurning environmentalists by expanding U.S. offshore oil and gas drilling, President Obama delighted activists by taking tough new steps to restrict the pollution of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining in Appalachian states.  On Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced new guidelines to ensure that state and federal regulators enforce… Continue Reading

Restaurants Join in Clean Water Project

Next week, waitstaff at restaurants across the country will invite patrons to donate a dollar for their tap water to help UNICEF provide clean water to children across the globe. Waterborne illness remains the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five–4,100 children die every day from water-related illnesses. Almost 900… Continue Reading

Salmonella Suit Filed Against Alamosa

A lawsuit was filed yesterday on behalf of 40 individuals who fell ill with severe gastrointestinal symptoms in March 2008 after drinking from a public water system. The suit was filed by Marler Clark, the Seattle-based foodborne illness law firm, against the city of Alamosa, CO, who was responsible for maintaining and distributing the water… Continue Reading