Browsing All posts tagged under »cantaloupes«

Listeria lawsuits question food safety audits

January 10, 2014 by


by Doug Powell Lawsuits filed by victims of a 2011 Listeria outbreak that killed four New Mexicans and severely sickened a fifth raise questions about the effectiveness of food safety inspections required by many retailers. The New Mexico victims were among 33 people killed nationally by bacterial infections linked to cantaloupes grown at a farm […]

Don Schaffner: modeling listeria growth on melons: in science (and other things), faster isn’t always better

September 24, 2013 by


by Doug Powell Friend of the Don Schaffner of Rutgers University writes in this guest post: It’s every scientist’s nightmare to get scooped. You have an idea, find the funding, do the research and write it up, scan the current literature hoping that no one else has that same idea and beats you to […]

Food Safe Guru – More cantaloupe scary stories

August 21, 2012 by


One of my summer pleasures is going to Haymarket on a weekend in Boston, MA. It is a mixture of  nationalities combined with fruits and vegetables. In the middle is a pizza store and Quincy Market is a stones throw away. If you don’t go with a cart on wheels, the purchases can get quite heavy. […]

Burch Farms lacked audits, traceability on recalled fruit

August 16, 2012 by


In an article in The Grower, contamination has been confirmed at the Burch Farms melon packing facility in Faison, N.C., according to the Food and Drug Administration. In an update posted on its website late Aug. 13, FDA officials said the listeria finding spurred Burch to expand its recall to include all cantaloupe and honeydew […]

Food Safe Guru – Speaker at BU

July 20, 2012 by


Today I am speaking at Boston University’s Journalism School. The summer students have an Investigative Journalism course and their segment is all about food safety. Food safety is all about investigative journalism. For example, HUS was diagnosed at a local suburban hospital. US Food Safety is trying to locate the source. It is painstaking research […]


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