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Computer Model Identifies Unsafe Restaurants in Near Real Time

A new computer model is proving significantly more accurate in identifying potentially unsafe restaurants when compared with existing methods of consumer complaints and routine inspections. The model uses machine learning and de-identified and aggregated search and location data from logged-in …

Produce Industry Pressured to Step up Safety After Repeat Outbreaks

After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving follows one in the spring that sickened more …

FDA Bans Some Artificial Flavors Due to Safety

Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they’re in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that …

E. Coli Scare to End in Weeks as California Resumes Lettuce Output

The concerns over the recent U.S. outbreak of E. coli involving romaine lettuce may last no more than a few weeks, as the area of Arizona where the offending produce is believed to have come from is now out of …

Federal Food Safety Agency Recalls Chicken Salad Due to Salmonella Risk

The federal government issued a recall of chicken salad made by an Iowa processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores which has now sickened more than 100 people in five states and prompted lawsuits in Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota. …

Oregon Food Safety at Risk Due to Overdue Inspections

Rodents, insects and microscopic bacteria: All these hazards can exist in food and where it is stored, and it is up to the Oregon Department of Agriculture to ensure they’re not there. But the department’s Food Safety Program, which is …

Blue Bell Supplier Denies Listeria in Product Before Going to Ice Cream Maker

A supplier of cookie dough that Blue Bell Creameries blamed for a possible listeria contamination of some of its ice cream said Thursday that its product tested negative for the pathogen before it was sent to the Texas-based company. Blue …

Chipotle Ads Attempt to Convince Consumers Food is Safe

Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won’t make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year’s E. coli outbreak. The ads beginning …

U.S. Must Speed Up Food Recalls: Inspector General

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is too slow to order companies to recall tainted foods, leaving people at risk of illness and death, a government watchdog said in a review of the agency’s food safety program. The Department of …

Budget Cuts Affect Alaska’s Food Safety Division

The latest round of budget cuts in Alaska could leave residents vulnerable to dirty restaurant kitchens, foodborne illnesses and scummy pools. As lawmakers grapple with an estimated $4 billion budget deficit, the state agency tasked with ensuring the safety of …