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Food Allergens: An Important Issue In Retail Food and Foodservice Establishments

Date: 18 Aug 2014 /
Posted by: Rich Linton /
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The issues surrounding food allergens are important for consumers and for individuals who work in the retail food industry. Exposure to food allergens is a risk factor that warrants a constant reminder so that we continue to focus on understanding the public health threats, labeling requirements, and important food handling interventions. Food allergens are one […]


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Antimicrobial Resistant Pathogens Pose Significant Threat to Public Health

Date: 11 Aug 2014 /
Posted by: Dave McSwane /
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Investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently working with health officials in seven states and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. To date, 19 people have been identified as being infected with the outbreak strain ofSalmonella (1). The […]


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Sprouts Pose Unique but Manageable Food Safety Challenge

Date: 28 Jul 2014 /
Posted by: Dave McSwane /
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In recent years the amount of raw sprouts consumed in the United States has increased significantly. Sprouts are low in calories and an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamin C and B vitamins. However, as consumption of sprouts has increased so has their association with foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]


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Have Safe Summer Outings and Events

Date: 21 Jul 2014 /
Posted by: Dave McSwane /
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Now that summer is here, many people will make barbeques, picnics, and other forms of outdoor dining a significant part of their family activities. While these events can be fun for the entire family, they can also result in foodborne illness if proper food safety measures are not followed. You can help your customers be […]


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Billboard Message Warns NASCAR Fans of Cancer-Hot Dog Link

Date: 14 Jul 2014 /
Posted by: Dave McSwane /
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A billboard placed near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to a recent Brickyard 400 NASCAR race generated a significant amount of media attention. The billboard showed hot dogs inside a cigarette pack marked with skull and crossbones and the words “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” The billboard, sponsored by the Cancer Project of the nonprofit […]


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Food Safety Trends: Past and Present

Date: 07 Jul 2014 /
Posted by: Rich Linton /
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In June 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data regarding trends in food safety for the period of 1996-2010. The report updated overall number of cases of foodborne disease and specific trends for certain foodborne pathogens and food commodities. The updated CDC data reveal that approximately 1,000 reported foodborne disease outbreaks […]


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A Guide to Useful Information About Food Protection and Defense

Date: 30 Jun 2014 /
Posted by: Patrick Brown /
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All of us remember where we were the morning of September 11, 2001 when our country came under terrorist attack. Years later, on December 3, 2004, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was quoted as saying “For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because […]


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Mitigating Foodborne Illness Risk Factors

Date: 23 Jun 2014 /
Posted by: NRFSP /
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Back in 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) embarked on a 10-year, three-phase study to assess the industry’s efforts to control the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) food preparation practices and behaviors most often associated with foodborne illness outbreaks. Today, we normally refer to these as ‘foodborne illness risk factors’ and they focus […]


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E. Coli and Raw Sprouts

Date: 19 Jun 2014 /
Posted by: Rich Linton /
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One of the deadliest foodborne outbreaks in world history has been linked to Escherichia coli in raw sprouts. Investigators have identified German vegetable sprouts as the source of the European E. coli outbreak. As of June 20, the outbreak has been linked to 37 deaths and 3,250 illnesses. Many (more than 750 people) have suffered from hemolytic […]


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Am I Certified or Do I Have a Certificate?

Date: 16 Jun 2014 /
Posted by: Larry Lynch /
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With the advent of the “new” food handler laws in California, Illinois, and Arizona, there is growing confusion among a variety of terms like certification, certificate and accredited. We expect the proliferation of laws like that in California to grow (though we hope others are better written and not designed to grab money from the […]


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