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Oregon Outbreak Museum Memorializes What We’ve Learned About Foodborne Illness

When revolutionary epidemiologist William Keene started working for the Oregon Public Health Division in 1990, he also started collecting packaging from recalled products, restaurant menus, and other elements from his outbreak investigations and displaying them in his office. “These exhibits commemorate why we do these investigations and the kind of products and things that can… Continue Reading

The Annual Food Safety News Christmas Day ‘Nice List’

Editor’s note: We continue with our Food Safety News holiday tradition by publishing our fifth annual Christmas Day “nice” list, calling out a few folks we think are worthy of some positive mention based on their contributions to food safety during the past year. This year, we separated the “naughty,” published yesterday, from today’s “nice.”… Continue Reading

A Food Safety Hero: Oregon’s William Keene Dead at 56

Dr. William Keene, Oregon’s senior state epidemiologist, died Sunday, Dec. 1, The Oregonian newspaper reported. Keene was admitted to a Portland hospital two weeks earlier for acute pancreatitis. For the past two decades, the nationally known food detective kept the Oregon Public Health Division at the top of a short list of states known for… Continue Reading