I sat in a mediation today in San Francisco until it became painfully obvious that Dole, Natural Selection Foods, Mission Organics and Pic-n-Save were unwilling to fairly compensate a Wisconsin woman who nearly died after eating E. coli O157:H7-tainted spinach in 2006.  She was hospitalized for months and incurred nearly $500,000 in medical bills.  Good news is that I get to sue them in the morning.  I am sure a good jury in Wisconsin will treat her much more fairly.

I had time to draft an Op-ed on the interconnectedness of the the health care debate and food safety.  If I do not get it published, I’ll post it here in a few days.  I also had time to finish up my keynote speech at an upcoming food safety conference in Beijing China in a few weeks.  I think China can learn from our mistakes.  Click below to download the PowerPoint.  Click here to see video.

  • cheryl berenson RN, MS-MPH student OHSU

    III. September is National Food Safety Education Month
    In honor of National Food Safety Education Month, arm yourself with information about food safety and learn more about food safety reform efforts. APHA is working with the Make Our Food Safe Campaign to encourage the Senate to take up Food Safety reform this fall. While the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2749) that passed the House in July is a great step forward toward protecting our nation’s food supply, APHA favors the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) introduced by Senator Durbin as it includes these key provisions:
    o build state and local capacity for foodborne illness detection, surveillance, laboratories and response;
    o enhance CDC’s food surveillance, investigation and laboratory capacity; and
    o improve coordination across the federal government, state and local governments and private institutions.
    ***SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH- i have cut an pasted this information from my APHA(American Public Health Association) Legislative Update email…cheryl b.
    To learn more about APHA’s Food Safety reform priorities, check out our Food Safety Factsheet at: http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/75E8CC5E-75E0-479D-9184-C06CF2182672/0/FoodSafetyFact.pdf. The Make Our Food Safe Campaign website also has additional information on the Senate Food Safety reform legislation available at: http://www.makeourfoodsafe.org/.

  • Keith Warriner

    Powerful and effective message which should bring the points home. I am designing a food safety course for a company at the moment and rather than show pics of bacteria the consequences will have more of an impact.