Food Safety

Does Ending Plastic Pollution Mean the End of Plastic Straws?

For the last 5,000 years, people around the world have been sipping their drinks out of straws. Only recently have straws come under serious debate. The gold and lapis straws of the ancient Sumerians evolved…

Food Safety Program Successes in Providing the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services

Learn how local and state food safety programs apply the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services in this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) column from the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Environmental…

Let’s Meat in the Kitchen: Preventing the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance through Safe Handling of Meat and Poultry Products

This resource page from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health details the effects of overuse of antibiotics in food animal production, and how to protect against exposure to harmful bacteria on meat and…

Food Safety Resources for Springtime Celebrations

With the spring season finally here, people around the country are planning festive gatherings with friends and family! Many spring celebrations include perishable foods such as eggs, ham, beef, and poultry, which may contribute to…

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak in Dried Coconut

On January 23, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a cluster of 13 cases of Salmonella Typhimurium found in 8 states. After careful investigation by…

Deadly Listeria Outbreaks in Australia and South Africa

A fatal Listeria outbreak in Australia has a case fatality rate as high as 28%. As of March 19, 2018, 19 confirmed cases have been reported in Australia alone, all of which are linked with…

“Environmental Health Investigations” Course on Outbreak Investigation and Response

The Tennessee Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence’s fourth course on outbreak investigation and response is now available online. The “Environmental Health Investigations” course will provide training on environmental health assessments and various activities used…