What is Cyclospora, anyway?

If you’ve looked at the news at all in recent weeks, you’ve most likely seen headlines about an outbreak of the parasite Cyclospora. Over 400 people have gotten sick due to an outbreak associated with pre-made salad mixes.

But what is Cyclospora? What does it mean to have eaten a pathogenic parasite? Unlike some […]

Safe selling at the farmers market

Though National Farmers Market Week is coming to a close, the farmers market season is still well underway. In fact, as farmers markets become an increasingly popular way to get fresh farm goodies, some continue year-round.

And just like commercial kitchens, home kitchens, food production and processing plants and anywhere else where food can be […]

Case studies: United Kingdom-based food companies back AccuPoint Advanced

Once in a while, we like to share the feedback we receive from our customers. We appreciate when customers take time out of their days to let us know that the work we do has value — and makes their jobs easier.

We’ve recently been working with a few United Kingdom-based customers regarding AccuPoint Advanced, […]

Life sentence for food adulteration? India proposes new food safety regulations

As India’s middle class grows, so too does the country’s focus on food safety and related issues. Recently, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) proposed tougher measures for individuals caught adulterating food products: life in prison.

Food adulteration can be summed up like this: food products or ingredients that are in some […]

Happy Hot Dog Month!

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is perhaps the biggest advocate around for the U.S.’s favorite tubular meat: the hot dog. The council has declared the month of July as National Hot Dog Month, and ever since their decree originated, other countries around the world have joined the festivities.

If you participate in one […]

Apparently, we wash our hands wrong 97% of the time

The process is simple. Water. Soap. Some soft scrubbing, while humming a 20-second-long “Happy Birthday” like many experts recommend. Follow it up by drying with a clean towel. You can do it right, but handwashing needs to be done at specific times to avoid the spread of bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety […]

Australian Salmonella outbreak attributed to alfalfa sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts have been narrowed down as the source of a Salmonella Havana outbreak in Australia that has sickened more than 20 people.

Of those 20 people, seven in the state of South Australia have been hospitalized. The implicated sprouts have been identified as having come from a farm in Adelaide and have been recalled. […]

Beverage mega-mergers and food safety

The beverage industry, like much of the food industry, has seen a few large mergers in recent months.

Notable among these is the acquisition of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group by Keurig Green Mountain, forming Keurig Dr. Pepper. The melding of these giants — and others in the industry — has interesting implications for food safety, […]

How to use your pizza pouch the food safety way

The pizza pouch: just one of many gag gifts to go viral on the Internet.

These clear, plastic, zip-locked triangular pouches hung from lanyards are worn around the neck and are the perfect size to carry a single slice of pizza. Whether as a fashion statement or to provide a tasty snack on-the-go, the idea […]

E. coli outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese

French food safety investigators have formed a clear link between an E. coli outbreak earlier this year, which affected at least 15 children, and cheese made from unpasteurized milk.

According to Food Safety News, 15 children between the ages of one and five were infected after eating the cheese. Of those, 12 were found to […]