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City Inspector General Joe Ferguson says:
"This audit revealed a curious and troubling landscape respecting an important government function critical to the protection of public health and safety, ...The city failed to provide CDPH with the resources it needs to meet the standards for food inspections, standards that the city itself adopted into its regulations. The result is long-term, continual noncompliance."
Spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel says:
“While we appreciate the inspector general's review, Chicagoans can have confidence that their food is safe because it was prepared in a sanitary kitchen, thanks to the work our health inspectors do to ensure restaurants and establishments across the city meet the health code. We are committed to keeping our restaurants clean and our residents safe from food-borne illnesses, despite the fact that we have long faced a lack of appropriate funding by the state to meet their own requirements.”
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From researchers from the University of Leicester, in England:
"The juices from bagged chopped salad leaves can increase the risk of salmonella, a pathogen that’s one of the most common causes of food poisoning, say the authors of a new study."
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IWasPoisoned.com is very pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus to our advisory team.
With over three decades experience, Dr. Jaykus is one of the preeminent food safety scientists working today. She is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University, with an associate appointment in the Department of Microbiology. Her educational credentials include a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as degrees in Food Science from Purdue University.
Dr. Jaykus’ current research focuses on food virology (that is, the study of viruses in food and food systems); development of molecular methods for foodborne pathogen detection; application of quantitative risk assessment in food safety; and understanding the ecology of pathogens in foods. This work will go towards the continuing goal in food sciences to better understand foodborne illness and its prevention.
In addition to her credentials in education and research, Dr. Jaykus is currently serving as the scientific director of the USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative. Known as NoroCORE, the Collaborative is a consortium of academic institutions with representation from researchers and regulators affiliated with state and federal governments, as well as members from relevant industrial sectors.
We look forward to working with Dr. Jaykus and welcome her to our Advisory Board. Her guidance and expertise will advance the quality and effectiveness of our surveillance and response to foodborne illness outbreaks.
Looks like a great program, well done to Iowa State.
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