By Darin Detwiler

In reflecting on the evolution of food safety over the past three decades, we observe a landscape marked by significant and escalating legal actions against companies responsible for outbreaks and violations.  The effectiveness of these penalties, especially monetary fines, in preventing future lapses in food safety, merits

Continue Reading Anticipating the inevitable: Predicting the next major food safety failure

The demand for food away from home has witnessed a surge in recent years, making restaurants a crucial source of food-related illness outbreaks. 

A new study, conducted by researchers with the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University, has delved into the intricacies of these outbreaks, shedding light on

Continue Reading Study analyzes media and market responses to 2015-2018 Chipotle foodborne illness outbreaks

The CDC states that the death-dealing virus that causes COVID-19 spreads predominantly from person to person (P>P). A deeper dive into assessing this transmission route — and its presence in the food industry — may help sharpen intervention tactics.

This assessment starts with a look at an infected person’s
Continue Reading Person-to-Person sub-classes emerge in COVID-19 classifications

We learned yesterday from a U.S. Attorneys’ Office Press Release that Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. will pay $25 million to resolve criminal charges related to the company’s involvement in foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened more than 1,100 people between 2015 and 2018.

A criminal information filed in federal court in
Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: So, why whack Chipotle for $25,000,000 but only send a nasty letter to Jimmy Johns?

In what federal prosecutors say is the largest ever fine of its kind, operators of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. have agreed to pay $25 million to resolve criminal charges related to foodborne illness outbreaks from 2015 through 2018.

More than 1,100 people were sickened in the outbreaks that caused the
Continue Reading Chipotle agrees to pay $25 million federal fine for role in some outbreaks

CHICAGO — Oscar Garrison, senior vice president of food safety regulatory affairs for United Egg Producers, is one of the speakers at this week’s Food Safety Summit who is ending the week as a “thought leader.”

Others are making that transition too, and Garrison provides a good example of how
Continue Reading It’s no simple process to become a food safety ‘thought leader’


Food companies have been at the forefront of technological innovation and scientific research and development for decades upon decades. Cursory attention to the items we eat — how those items are grown, sourced, processed, and packaged – provides ample evidence of scientific research and development and technological innovation in
Continue Reading When is a potato washer not a potato washer? When it’s washing cantaloupes


Denver, we have a problem.

Despite a corporate policy of “zero tolerance” for food safety mistakes, the most infamous burrito chain in the country continues to make its customers sick. Laboratory test results announced this week by public health officials in Delaware County, OH, confirmed what disease detectives had
Continue Reading Beach Beat: Round and round Chipotle goes, where the outbreaks will end, nobody knows