Industry Articles

Read commentary and opinions on food safety, foodborne pathogens and related topics, gathered by Birko from a variety of newspapers, magazines and blogs.


Countering the Myths Surrounding the Meat Industry

Food Safety Magazine, June/July 2013—When it comes to food, it’s important to remember that there are risks and benefits to everything—eating a meat-free diet isn’t always as safe and healthy as portrayed, but too much meat and poultry isn’t healthful either. For consumers to make logical and well-informed choices, the meat industry must be more proactive in contributing to ongoing discussions with consumers.

FDA’s Preventive Controls: Moving to HACCP and Beyond

Food Safety News, July 15, 2013—The FDA is proposing that every FDA-regulated manufacturing facility be required to include a preventive control program. The biggest difference between these controls and HACCP is that the preventive controls rules go a little beyond HACCP requirements.

Mapping the Great Indoors

New York Times, May 27, 2013—”The Wild Life of our Homes,” a joint project between the University of Colorado and North Carolina State University, is mapping the interior microbial landscape of American homes. While the findings are a little disquieting, in most cases home-based pathogens are not life threatening. However, their presence underscores the importance of using good hygiene at home.

FSIS Policy Update: STECs

North American Meat Processors Association Webinar, November 15, 2011—In this webinar sponsored by Birko, Dr. Dan Engeljohn, of the USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service, provided more information on the new non-0157 policy including FSIS Policy updates, the FSIS 2011-2016 Strategic Plan and the STEC Policy which is still under development. The presentation also included targets for the U.S. Healthy People 2020 campaign, which defines targets for outbreaks of foodborne pathogens.

Protein’s Role in Fighting World Hunger

Lean Trimmings Prime, Summer 2011—Birko owner/chairman Kelly Green discusses several options that can give the poor and hungry better access to protein.

German E. coli strain has unusual combination of traits, scientists say

Meatingplace.com, June 24, 2011—Further scientific analysis of virulent E. coli strain rampaging Europe.

When Food Kills

New York Times, June 11, 2011—A provocative look at food safety initiatives in the agricultural and livestock industries.