Category Opinion & Contributed Articles

Publisher’s Platform: On the Road Again – A Salmonella Sick Tour Revisited

Yesterday the CDC and FDA announced that Jensen Tuna of Louisiana was recalling frozen ground raw tuna sourced from JK Fish of Vietnam due to possible Salmonella Newport contamination. The recalled tuna was individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes under lot numbers z266, z271, and z272. The product was sold to wholesalers in Connecticut,... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Is it ‘reckless misconduct’ to grow, process and sell romaine lettuce?

Opinion We have a romaine E. coli case in Idaho of a young man who suffered a severe case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), was hospitalized for a month and incurred nearly $250,000 in medical expenses and lost wages. He has a risk of future kidney complications, (including a transplant), but not likely to meet... Continue Reading Read More

Cannibal sandwiches, tiger meat, steak tartare too dangerous to risk

Contributed Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also urge the public to avoid eating raw meat dishes. The agency has documented numerous outbreaks in relation to the seasonal consumption of these types of foods. With each holiday season, there are hundreds of people in the Midwest who are sickened after eating cannibal... Continue Reading Read More

When is a potato washer not a potato washer? When it’s washing cantaloupes

Opinion 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 the food industry. Simultaneously, food companies are... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: How does this “Romaine” acceptable? 339 with E. coli, 159 Hospitalized, 31 with Kidney Failure and 6 Deaths

Opinion 2017 and 2018 Romaine E. coli Outbreaks in the United States and Canada Total Sick – 339 Hospitalized – 159 Kidney Failure – 31 Deaths – 6 In 2017 in Canada, a total, of 42 cases of E. coli O157 illness were reported in five eastern provinces: Ontario (8), Quebec (15), New Brunswick (5),... Continue Reading Read More

Penn State researchers find farmers markets’ food safety inadequate; E. coli and Listeria abound

Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase of an innovative five-year study. Using a comprehensive three-way approach, the research assessed food safety behaviors at Pennsylvania farmers markets using... Continue Reading Read More

Victim says education would have made a difference, and it still can

Opinion Editor’s note: This is part of series of articles and opinion columns we are publishing in recognition of September as Food Safety Education Month. How many times have you thought through every detail of an experience and asked yourself, “What could I have done differently?” Probably thousands. But how many times have you combed... Continue Reading Read More

Restaurant food safety is an oxymoron

Opinion Nearly 300 people got sick after eating at a McDonalds in Brevard, NC, in what authorities believe is a case of norovirus spread through human contact. This is different from the other recent widespread foodborne illness outbreak at McDonalds, with 400 people – across 15 states – becoming ill after eating the fast food... Continue Reading Read More

Is the edible marijuana industry doomed to become a pot full o’ pathogens?

Opinion It seems like edible cannabis is available everywhere these days. Dispensaries are popping up around the country, and people can easily purchase edible marijuana online, including on popular e-retail sites like Etsy and Amazon. It’s available in a variety of forms, including capsules, lollipops, gummy bears, cookies, chocolate bars and brownies. All you have to do... Continue Reading Read More

Publisher’s Platform: Why are these fish still on store shelves?

On July 23rd Pepperidge Farms recalled Goldfish crackers because they might be tainted with Salmonella – including packages with the UPC number 1410004921. Guess what was being sold – and purchased – on July 26 at 3 p.m. at a Safeway grocery store in Saint Helena, CA? FDA, seriously, it is time to make the... Continue Reading Read More