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”

Public Health Labs Reveal What’s Living in Your Water

While we’re all rubber-necking the Flint water-quality crisis, municipalities around the US are taking a closer look at their own aging infrastructures. Flint, Michigan, isn’t the only city turning up dangerous levels of impurities and contaminants: from Legionella in a Connecticut high school and at a Florida hospital, to E. coli at a Washington state elementary school and … Continue reading “Public Health Labs Reveal What’s Living in Your Water”