food safety inspections

Oregon’s 12,000 grocery stores, egg handlers, bakeries, shellfish and seafood outlets, food storage warehouses, locker plants, licensed domestic kitchens, beverage processors, and meat and dairy facilities are not getting inspected enough by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

And its become a bit embarrassing because the Statesman Journal newspaper first reported on the problem four years…

An increasing workload and problems with turnover, management oversight and inefficient use of data have all contributed to an inspection backlog of thousands of licensed businesses in Oregon. That’s according to a recently released performance audit of the state’s food safety program, which is housed within the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).

“We found that, …

Smartphones might be an important tool for food safety inspectors because of their inconspicuousness. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that phones used in place of clipboards can improve the quality of data collected during observations. According to a phenomenon called the Hawthorne Effect, people sometimes change their behavior because…

New-Hampshire_406x250There are “systemic inadequacies” in New Hampshire’s food safety programs, according to a report released by the state’s Office of Legislative Budget Assistant. The office conducted a performance audit of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Food Protection Section (FPS), to determine how efficient and effective the section was in preventing foodborne…

The first signs are coming in that states are going to beef up their food-safety regulatory structures in light of better economic times. Michigan, for one, is after its first fee increase in 15 years for its inspection and licensing program, which oversees an estimated 18,000 retail food, processing and warehouse facilities. And the…