Shawn K. Stevens

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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles leading up to the 20th annual Food Safety Summit. The event, from May 7-10 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, includes certification courses; a trade show with exhibitors from industry, academia and government; an extensive list of seminars and panel discussions; and a Town Hall meeting with top officials from the FDA, USDA and CDC. Visit www.foodsafetysummit.com for more details and to register.…
Research studies are generally good. They can add to our knowledge and understanding of our world. However, making decisions based on any one study — especially before we understand it fully — is not good. In fact, that leads to the type of knee-jerk reaction we saw when one retailer recently decided to withdraw unrefrigerated caramel apples from its stores. First, let me make it clear that every food manufacturer should put consumer health first…
I spend a lot of time helping food companies eliminate food safety risks in their operations that can make people sick. It’s a tough job. That’s because many of the foods we eat are really quite dangerous. They are also difficult to keep safe. Within just the past 12 months, a broad array of foods we typically regard as safe, ranging from caramel apples to ice cream, have been unexpectedly recalled because they contained Listeria…