October 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent comprehensive article featured in Bloomberg Markets magazine highlights major issues with out nation’s food safety programs, mainly the outsourcing done by the FDA because the agency lacks the resources to conduct its own safety inspections.
Read More:Are the FDA’s Outsourced Inspectors Keeping your Food Safe?
August 8th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A controversial proposal that would increase the number of birds processed at chicken plants from 140 to 175 birds per minute, received support from a USDA spokesperson in a recent statement despite the agency’s failure to meet targeted goals for reducing the outbreak of food borne illnesses.
Read More:USDA Says Faster Poultry Inspections are Safer
February 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Researchers at the University of California, Davis may have discovered the building blocks of a vaccine that can protect against the effects of Salmonella, one of the most common food borne pathogens. The study is published in the most current issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and would offer safety for millions of at risk individuals each year.
Read More:Can A Vaccine Prevent Food Poisoning?
December 25th, 2011 - Erin Shaw
The USDA is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella that originated with beef products sold throughout the Northeast at Hannaford grocery stores. Tracing the outbreak source up the supply chain is complicated by weak record-keeping standards for grocers’ beef products.
Read More:USDA Investigates Salmonella Outbreak in Beef
September 26th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Three Peruvian children between the ages of six and ten died earlier this month and 50 more became seriously ill after eating food donated by a school nutrition program that was contaminated with high levels of a toxic pesticide.
Read More:Pesticides and Bacteria Cause More Than a Dozen Recent Food-Related Deaths
January 2nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Food borne illness outbreaks have become one of the most common threats to our health in the U.S. in recent years. From small batches of tainted vegetables or the incomprehensibly large scale of the more than half a billion eggs recalled last year for salmonella, to the lethal melamine tainted pet food in 2007, fears are at an all time high.
Read More:Website Database Tracks Food Safety Threats