The Beaker

Food safety threat in plain sight

April 27, 2017

A chronic disease with no known cure. An emerging epidemic that affects up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 kids, and more than 17 million people in Europe. No, this isn’t about an unknown disease that has suddenly emerged out of nowhere,  but rather one that has been here all...



Handwashing's Corrective Action Shortfall

March 17, 2017

The diligent foodservice operators are the majority but their years of collectively working without handwashing standards has left a scar of complacency. They see themselves as doing everything possible regarding handwashing and have a track record to prove it. We have inservice training using the...


Dispelling the Myth that Food Safety is Not a Competitive Advantage

March 10, 2017

“Food safety is not a competitive advantage” is one of the barf-worthy “feel good” messages you hear from food industry executives during speeches and public forums. Last week at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference in Houston, an audience of more than 1,150 from 54 countries...


CDC Takes Action toImprove the Reporting ofEnvironmental AssessmentData

February 13, 2017

When a foodborne illness outbreak is detected, food safety officials work quickly to collect as much information as possible to determine the cause and prevent more people from getting sick (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). Environmental assessments are an essential...


EFSA’s new one-click tool for information on chemical hazards

February 9, 2017

OpenFoodTox is the new EFSA database that provides instant access to a wealth of information from over 1,650 EFSA scientific outputs about the toxicity of chemicals found in the food and feed chain. An editorial...


Why Paying Attention to your Environmental Control Program is so Important

January 13, 2017

Over the last year, we have written a number of articles about environmental monitoring and controls, including our recent 2017 predictions that the year would bring continued, or increased, focus on this area by...


The case for global health security

December 27, 2016

Finding and stopping disease outbreaks at the earliest possible moment no matter where they emerge is important: to reduce illness and death, increase national security, and maintain economic gains made over the previous...


The key to fighting the next 'Ebola' outbreak is in your pocket

December 15, 2016

When a toddler called Emile Ouamouno, in the village of Meliandou in Guinea, died from Ebola in December 2013, it took three months for the rest of the world to know about it and a further six months to act. The result was an epidemic...


Four steps to precision public health

December 12, 2016

When domestic transmission of Zika virus was confirmed in the United States in July 2016, the entire country was not declared at risk — nor even the entire state of Florida. Instead, precise surveillance defined two at-risk areas of Miami-Dade County...


Site Highlight: APIC Industry Perspectives

December 8, 2016

Designed to meet your needs, this site provides easy access to information on and the research behind products and services so you can better understand, evaluate, and use innovations in infection prevention and control for...


Give thanks for food thermometers

November 23, 2016

Foodservice in large venues and big events faces major challenges—especially during busy holidays like Thanksgiving when large amounts of food are prepared and served off-site, often with limited resources. Don’t let...