Happy First World Food Safety Day!

Today, June 7, 2019, marks the first-ever World Food Safety Day, an occasion to celebrate the importance of food safety.

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) back in December 2018, World Food Safety Day is intended to raise awareness about foodborne illness.

So, what is about food safety that we need to know? […]

CDC reminds public not to wash raw chicken; some consumers still doubtful

Health agencies have shared the message again and again: Washing raw meat just causes the bacteria to splash around your sink, your hands and your clothes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted a reminder about this fact recently: “Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to […]

CDC says foodborne illness rising: What does that really mean?

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its findings for last year’s foodborne illness rates: reports of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Cyclospora infections were up.

Hold up, though. Are more people getting sick? Not necessarily.

The CDC recently published research suggesting that the increase may be due to better testing […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria monocytogenes in deli meats and cheeses

Four U.S. states have been affected by an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes, a hardy foodborne pathogen that can survive in a variety of environments, making it challenging for food producers and processors to eradicate in their facilities.

The bacteria has sickened eight people in the ongoing outbreak, resulting in one death. The states impacted are […]

Food safety gains increasing clout on social media

The food safety community has spent much of the past few years discussing a perceived increase in foodborne illness outbreaks — and the actual increase in food recalls due to them. We know that the apparent increase is simply attributable to better reporting methods and technologies that make it easier to catch outbreaks and spread […]

U.S. FDA’s 2020 budget proposal highlights tech revolutions in food safety

Focusing on 2020 may feel premature when so much of 2019 lies ahead of us, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has explained the rationale behind its 2020 budget proposals, and their points illustrate well the technological developments that are about to revolutionize food safety culture both within and outside of the U.S.

[…]

Could dung beetles boost food safety on the farm?

Food safety doesn’t start at the processing facility.

Farmers go to great lengths to protect their crops from invading pathogens. Recent years have seen outbreaks attributed to bacteria like E. coli deposited by passing wildlife (through their droppings) and runoff from nearby livestock feedlots, which can infect low-to-the-ground crops like broccoli and leafy greens. Though […]

Food safety: Researchers seek kill-step to rid flour of pathogens

When you think of foods that present high food safety risks, flour isn’t generally top of the list. Flour’s dryness makes it less conducive to bacterial growth, and because it’s usually baked at a pathogen-killing temperature, it’s not very likely to cause foodborne illness once eaten.

That said, a few major recalls of flour have […]

The food safety of your phone’s newest emojis

Later this year you’ll be able to adorn your texts and tweets with a cornucopia of new food-related emojis (though sadly, we have yet to receive an actual cornucopia emoji), among others.

The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit tech organization that coordinates the coding of emojis, text and other symbols between all computers and devices, announced […]

Neogen’s top 4 episodes with Food Safety Matters podcast

Since it was established in 2017, Food Safety Magazine’s Food Safety Matters podcast has been an invaluable resource for the food industry. Some of the biggest names in food safety have joined the podcast’s hosts to discuss the hottest topics, from outbreaks to blockchain to metagenomics and beyond.

Among these guests include a few key […]