food safety

Publix Tests New Beard Policy

Sep 11, 2018
Photo from Publix Facebook page.

Publix has allowed some employees to grow short beards despite a decades-long ban on facial hair except for conservative mustaches.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A holiday party that sickened 55 office workers in Maitland this week has been reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The luncheon put 20 people in the hospital, including a pregnant woman.

If the Maitland outbreak happened in 2013, it would have ranked No. 8 on Food Safety News’ list of top 10 largest outbreaks.

Here’s how foodborne illness lawyer and Food Safety News publisher Bill Marler put it:

Drug Enforcement Administration

The Tampa police investigation of a case involving meat tainted with LSD has come to an end, the Tampa Bay Times reports. In March, a family of four went to St. Joseph’s Hospital showing signs of poisoning, but when police tested the steak the family had for lunch, they found it had been tainted with the hallucinogenic drug, the Times reports.

Public Health Should Do Food Inspections

Mar 11, 2014

In 1992 the Legislature unwisely decided to move much Health Department food-service responsibility to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs.

The change compromised the inspection of restaurants and convenience stores.  It also weakened integration with epidemiologists and public health nurses.

Restaurant inspections were reduced from quarterly to one or two a year under DBPR, and the food-service inspections by Agriculture were even less frequent.