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Erroneous Public Warnings: Being Prepared For FDA Mistakes

By Brad Sullivan

Recently there were reports in the news of Costco rotisserie chicken salad being contaminated with E. coli and the resulting recall by a local company of its celery. Subsequent tests have not been able to identify the celery as the cause, and one is reminded of the 2008 outbreak allegedly involving Roma Tomatoes from the Southeast. Similarly, in the various...

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Categories: Recall, Litigation

Editorial: Food Safety and Traceability

By Jeff Gilles

As traceability procedures become enacted, funded and effectuated, what does that mean ultimately to the processor and to the farmer? Obviously, consumer safety is the industry’s primary focus. They buy the product and without them, where would we be? Public safety is obviously not simply the concern of the private entrepreneur.

The government must have...

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Categories: Editorial

Key Points of Control and Management of Microbial Food Safety

By Dr. Trevor Suslow, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Vegetable Crops, UC Davis

Most horticultural products that are eaten fresh in the United States are wholesome and free of microorganisms that could result in illness under common and sensible handling and food preparation practices. Many fruits, vegetables, edible flowers, sprouted seeds, and micro-greens have natural barriers that minimize the chance that any surface contamination could survive for long periods or be transferred to...

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Categories: Preparation

Measures to Protect Against Liability Relating to Foodborne Illness

By Jeff Gilles

The E. coli contamination of spinach this past September brought food-safety recalls back into our living rooms and kitchens. As Paul mentioned in his article, many farmers were forced by the FDA to “voluntarily” recall their product. What does it mean to “voluntarily” recall your product? Is there such a thing as an “involuntary” recall?

Statutes...

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Categories: Preparation

Named Insured, Additional Insured, and Named Additional Insured or Additional Named Insured

By Ken Gorman and Brad Sullivan

The title of this article is not a joke or a typo, it is a list of the three most common names the insurance industry gives to people or businesses covered under standard insurance policies. Though the three phrases are strikingly similar, they have different meanings that can significantly affect the types and amount of coverage available.

Most insurance policies...

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Categories: Preparation

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