Grains of Knowledge

Food Safety 101 – The FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011 by President Obama in an effort become more proactive, not reactive, in terms of improving food safety, increasing compliance, and handling problems more effectively. The major areas of focus include: Prevention—The FDA requires comprehensive, science-based preventive controls. Inspection and Compliance—Controls are only effective if there is compliance; thus, the FDA will provide oversight to ensure compliance and respond when problems arise. Response—The FDA needs the tools and authority to intervene and respond when problems are encountered. Imports—The FDA will have the authority to certify that imported […]

Avian Flu – a threat again?

A recent article in Feedstuffs magazine I read online grabbed my attention – “H1N1 avian flu re-emerging”. Maybe it is becuase it is close to fall, flu season and flu shots. and I am keenly aware of the need to get my shot soon. I also thought we had seen the end of this type of flu, but that may be only myth.

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods

As Hurricane Irene draws closer to the east cost, all are bracing for the storm.  This link from the Food and Drug Administration is a good and timely one that reminds us how to be prepared and what to do.  Please read and share with others than can benefit from this information. What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods

5 Tips for Gardening Food Safety

I recently read a great short article from titled, “Grow Smart: Keep Food Safe”, and I realized this was important information to share regarding some common garden “bad habits” many of us demonstrate – even the most experienced gardeners!

Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook & Chill

Did you know that 3,000 Americans will die from food poisoning during 2011?  In addition, food poisoning also  sends more than 100,000 Americans to the hospital each year. These are staggering numbers considering that food poisoning is always preventable.  via

From Food Pyramid to Food Plate

For about two decades, many people haven been confused by the food pyramid created by the USDA. At one time, the pyramid was arranged so that proportions were associated with the location of the food group. For example, grains were at the bottom of the food pyramid, because nutritionists suggested that they should be consumed the most. The pyramid was then changed so that the food groups were all vertical in the pyramid, so that one group did not seem more important than another. On May 26, another change was made to dietary guidelines. Instead of a food pyramid, a food […]

From Vine to Wine

What could be better than enjoying a nice glass of wine on a warm summer evening with your favorite friends? Many people take pleasure in visiting local wineries and wandering through the vineyards looking at the beautiful scenery. But have you ever thought about the thriving business behind the vines?

Food Safety Changes: Are You in the Know?

If you do a Google search of “Food Safety Modernization Act”, you will be overwhelmed by the number of sites and links that appear. It can be a daunting task to stay current and understand what is going on with this act and the impact to businesses across the country.

Do Baffles Help Prevent Cargo Movement?

This is a brief follow up to a recent posting (10/12/2010) relating to a cargo tank safety video recently developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration.  The video details how transporting bulk liquids in tanks can contribute to roll over type accidents in vehicles and that it is critical to educate drivers of this type of equipment of these inherent exposures, along with defensive driving strategies to avoid such incidents.  via

A Good Egg: Pearl Valley Eggs shows the benefits of good management

Last month, the USA Today featured a front page article on an egg processor located in the heart of farm country in Illinois. The article highlighted the Pearl Valley Egg Farm in Pearl City, Illinois, and offered an encouraging view as compared to the other events that were happening during this same time.