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 Abbott infant formula recall could have been prevented. The FDA had reports of safety failures months before the contaminated formula sickened babies and caused two deaths.

I sent these T-shirts to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, which is tasked to make recommendations as to

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: For babies’ sake, make Cronobacter sakazakii reportable

Well, rumor has it that the documentary version of the story of the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak will be out in June 2023. When all thought it would go to the “silver screen” in January there was a rush to reprint the book.

Here are a

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: ‘Poisoned’ scheduled on Netflix in June and the mystery missing updates

COLUMBUS, OH — Food safety expert and lawyer Bill Marler delivered a keynote presentation at Food Safety Tech’s Hazards Conference Series + CFI Think Tank on April 5, where he stressed the importance of prevention when it comes to foodborne illnesses.

Marler has been advocating for safer food practices for more

Continue Reading Lawyer expresses optimism for future of food safety after 30 years of cases

Several months before this date 30 years ago, a Black Swan event occurred in Japan.

The 67-year-old president of the United States, George H.W. Bush while at a state dinner in his honor hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan, leaned forward and then fell on to his side hurling

Continue Reading Was there a ‘Black Swan’ event ahead of the Jack-in-the-Box outbreak 30 years ago?


Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Six weeks after infant formula Cronobacter sakazakii outbreak and recall there are still unanswered questions

The fellowship program is a partnership with the Michigan State University Online Food Safety Program. The fellow will live in Chicago and work

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Apply now for 2022-2023 Dave Theno Food Safety Fellowship

The pandemic will no doubt net more headlines in 2022 than any other topic, but that doesn’t mean discussions and news coverage about food safety will fade away. Along with recalls, outbreaks, and regulations, there will be new practices and technology to cover.

If the pandemic has taught us anything
Continue Reading The crystal ball for 2022 shows several food safety topics still in the spotlight