Food Safety

Common-sense food safety

Just in time for the grilling, picnicking and partying that liven up the Independence Day weekend for Americans, the USDA is launching a campaign titled “Food Safe families,” encouraging consumers to follow some basic safety rules. FULL STORY »

Does grilling kill E. coli O157:H7?

Top sirloin steaks have been getting a grilling in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food safety studies. FULL STORY »

Biotech animals could be nearing regulatory approval (audio)

After a 15 year regulatory process, the first biotech engineered food animal could soon be approved by the FDA according to Dr. Eric Hallerman of Virginia Tech, the lead presenter on a N-CFAR seminar on animal biotech in Washington, DC. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Want safe food? Technology has a solution

The source of Germany’s recent E. coli has been traced to sprouts from a single farm. As yet, livestock has not been implicated. Our response, however, should not be focused on pointing fingers, but rather on using the technology available to prevent future disease outbreaks. FULL STORY »

Commentary: E. coli: Blame the media, not the meat

Europe’s deadly E. coli outbreak provides commentators another opportunity to call for an end to animal production, and some with a scientific background are content to ignore scientific discovery in their rush to condemn livestock waste as the culprit. Just where they expect to get organic manure without cows or pigs remains a mystery. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with the European E. coli outbreak

E. coli O157:H7 and its many rabid relatives jump in and out of the news with distressing regularity. FULL STORY »

CDC: E. coli infections down, no progress on Salmonella

Salmonella infections have not decreased during the past 15 years and have instead increased by 10 percent in recent years, according to a new Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FULL STORY »

Europe’s E. coli outbreak puts U.S. meat under greater scrutiny

E. coli illnesses linked to a strain of the bacteria often found in tainted ground beef have dropped “substantially” in recent years, U.S. food regulators said, but the country’s meat industry may face heighted government scrutiny as a deadly outbreak in Germany raises concern over other types of pathogens. FULL STORY »

FDA adds European sprouts to watch list after E. coli outbreak

U.S. food regulators added sprouts and sprout seeds to a list of European vegetable products they’re closely monitoring following an E. coli outbreak in Germany that’s killed at least 21 and sickened more than 2,300. FULL STORY »

Better safety practices reduce E. coli risks, U.S. meat industry says

As a deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany worsens, U.S. regulators say the American food supply remains safe, while meat processors say stepped-up safety practices in recent years have reduced the chances of a similar outbreak here. FULL STORY »

New federal data: E.coli O157:H7 found in less than 1/4 of 1% of samples

New federal data show that E. coli O157:H7 is found in less than one quarter of one percent of ground beef samples, a 72 percent decline since 2000 in ground beef samples testing positive for the pathogen. FULL STORY »

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