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”

In the Wrong Hands, Jet Dryers Do More Harm than Good

What’s grosser than gross? Turns out it may not be that guy who didn’t wash his hands after using the restroom. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology reports that jet dryers (such as the Dyson Airblade) spread more germs than warm air dryers or paper towels. Rather than being a solution that is … Continue reading “In the Wrong Hands, Jet Dryers Do More Harm than Good”

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”