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”

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 Poisoning Can Lead to Criminal Charges

Companies are always looking for ways to save money, but there are no shortcuts in the food manufacturing industry. While the FDA has been stepping up efforts to curb food safety abuses by overseas manufacturers, the real game-changer has been the FBI: Farmers Eric and Ryan Jensen were sentenced in federal court for shipping listeria-contaminated … Continue reading “Food Poisoning Can Lead to Criminal Charges”

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”

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of US Food Safety

Germs are everywhere. Keeping the dangerous ones out of our stomachs is the explicit job of manufacturer food safety testing programs. With the abundance of technology available for testing and treatment, why are we faced with multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria? For example, there have been four recalls of pistachios in the … Continue reading “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of US Food Safety”