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As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

On a hillside in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, tomato plants line walkable pathways just off the sidewalk, while, farther uphill, honeybees buzz around various flowing shrubs near a wooden apiary. The urban garden is certainly a unique sight considering its location just blocks from the I-5 freeway and a five-minute drive from two major sports… Continue Reading

California’s LGMA Changes Standards on Animal Intrusion Into Fields

California’s Leafy Green Marketing Agreement announced a “significant change” on Thursday to its standards concerning animal intrusion into fields, according to LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall. Until now, leafy green growers have been advised to take measures to prevent a specific list of risky animals, such as deer or livestock, from intruding into lettuce, spinach and… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Interview with Veterinarian and Food Safety Researcher Dr. Michele Jay-Russell

Food Safety News spoke with veterinarian and UC Davis researcher Dr. Michele Jay-Russell at the 2013 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection. Jay-Russell specializes in the molecular epidemiology of pathogen contamination associated with wildlife. The conversation touched on the risk wildlife sometimes pose to food safety and the controversy over whether food… Continue Reading

Feral in the Fields: Food Safety Risks from Wildlife

Last month’s announcement  by the Oregon Health Authority confirmed that deer droppings were the source of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in strawberry fields linked to 15 human illnesses, including one death.  These findings are not unprecedented because undercooked venison is a recognized vehicle of transmission for E. coli O157:H7.  Indeed, the first outbreak of deer… Continue Reading