Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles and opinion columns we are publishing in recognition of Food Safety Education Month.

Since its founding as the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists in 1884 as part of USDA’s Bureau of Chemistry, AOAC has had a fundamental role
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The human brain is an incredibly complex organ consisting of over 80 billion neurons with about 1 million gigabytes worth of memory storage. With so much hardware, it’s no wonder we sometimes face shortcomings in our perspective of the world. In his bestselling book “The Tipping Point” Malcom Gladwell
Continue Reading Robotics, automation and the future of risk in foodservice operations

Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally published by The Conversation and is republished here with permission.

The Trump administration on June 21 unveiled an ambitious plan to consolidate federal food safety efforts within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Currently, 15 agencies throughout the federal government administer 35 different laws
Continue Reading Here’s why Trump’s plan to consolidate food safety efforts won’t work

Restaurants are increasingly moving from clipboards and pens to digital technology. And they should. These digital tools streamline and simplify multiple processes – from taking customers’ orders to facilitating inspections.

But now, patrons and staff are likely to touch – and share – multiple screens. Whether your host is sending
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Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, sent the below letter regarding so-called lab meat and other cell-cultured foods to Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States, on March 28.

Dear Mr. Dodaro:

I am writing to request that GAO investigate what regulatory framework, if any, exists for cell-cultured
Continue Reading U.S. representative wants review of lab meat, cell-cultured food

Editor’s note: This column by Michelle Jarvie was originally published by the Michigan State University Service and is reprinted here with permission.

When I think of fall and the leaves start to turn, I think salmon fishing. September often marks the beginning of the fall pacific salmon migration in the
Continue Reading Don’t let fall salmon run send you running to emergency room