Category Food Safety Policy

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog French boy permanently disabled by E. coli in frozen beef

In June, 2011, eight children in Northern France were initially diagnosed with E. coli O157 after eating beef burgers bought from German discount retailer, Lidl. In May 2012, the Institut de veille sanitaire summarized the outbreak, and revealed 17 children … Continue reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog The intersection of marijuana and food safety

I hate missing hockey. Skipping my Monday night game was worth it though; I spent some time with some old friends at the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference in Denver. I’d been with the good folks of Colorado before, speaking at … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog These 675 people make your meals: Illinois man gets 18 months for food safety bribes

A Lynwood, Illinois man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for accepting bribes in exchange for allowing students in his food safety training classes to bypass sanitation certification testing, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Over 4000 sick from Campylobacter in NZ water

With over 4,000 now sick from drinking water contaminated with Campylobacter in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said today charges could be laid. According to Nicholas Jones of the NZ Herald, Key is backing the Hastings District Council, … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog ‘Timing couldn’t have been better’ 40 sickened with E. coli O157 at Richey reunion

It was supposed to be unforgettable, but for some who attended the Richey, Montana, Centennial last month, it was unforgettable for the wrong reasons. Around 40 people from 10 states reported they had been infected with E. coli O157. At … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Really, it wasn’t us: Leafy green cone of silence, Dole version

As early as 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had evidence that Listeria was circulating in Dole’s Springfield, Ohio plant, which bags lettuce and other supposedly healthy meals. It took 18 months before Dole shut down and issued a … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Food fraud Rudolph edition: Alaska restaurant labels New Zealand venison as native reindeer

A popular restaurant has pleaded guilty to lying to its customers for two years. In Fairbanks, Alaska, The Pump House Restaurant sold New Zealand venison under the guise of being Alaskan reindeer.  The restaurant’s parent company pleaded guilty to violating Alaska’s labelling and … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Maybe IBM is good at some stuff: Grocery scanner data to speed investigations during early foodborne illness outbreaks

Foodborne illnesses, like salmonella, E. coli and norovirus infections, are a major public health concern affecting more than one out of six Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1. During a foodborne illness outbreak, … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Testing beef trim: Yes, people try to do their best

The objective of this study was to determine the immediate source of Escherichia coli on beef trimmings produced at a large packing plant by analyzing the E. coli on trimmings at various locations of a combo bin filled on the same day and … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Fancy food ain’t safe food: Science to back up anectodes

In the wonderful way the Intertubes can be used to reinforce pre-existing biases, a new paper in PLOS Currents Outbreaks validates what I – and anyone who knows anything about food safety – have been saying for a long time: … Continue reading Read More