The FDA Goes to Bat for Public Health

Major American food manufacturer ConAgra was slapped with the US’s largest criminal food safety fine on December 13, 2016. ConAgra has been ordered to pay an $8 million fine and $3.2 million in asset forfeiture for shipping Peter Pan peanut butter infected with Salmonella. This outbreak occurred in 2006-07 and affected at least 700 people in … Continue reading “The FDA Goes to Bat for Public Health”

Food Safety Inspection Is the Front Line of Public Health

Check your reservations; tonight might be a night to dine at home. A few minutes of googling can save you a long, dark night (try searching “restaurant inspection reports” and the name of your county). As just one example, Oregon’s food safety inspection backlog is getting bigger every month, leaving the public vulnerable to a … Continue reading “Food Safety Inspection Is the Front Line of Public Health”

Pet Food Manufacturers Avoid Recalls with Good QA

Pets are part of the family: We buy them comfortable beds, fun toys, treats from bakeries, and the best food we can afford. Unfortunately, the shortcuts taken by some pet food manufacturers have led to improperly treated food that can harbor pathogens, like salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. Pets are sometimes sickened—and so are the … Continue reading “Pet Food Manufacturers Avoid Recalls with Good QA”

Food Truck Food Safety: On the Road to Redemption

Can you trust the nosh you buy from food trucks? Once known as “roach coaches,” the twenty-first century marks a new era for food trucks. But have they shed their bad reputation faster than their bad habits? Customers are flocking to food trucks, many of which embrace a notoriously haute cuisine menu in a remarkably small footprint. … Continue reading “Food Truck Food Safety: On the Road to Redemption”