Gazillionth recall + question for readers: Cargill is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef after a USDA test found E. coli. The meat was distributed to retailers across the country, including Giant, ShopRite, Wegmans and Weis. Now a reader poll: How many of you buy factory ground beef and thus find our publishing these endless recall notices useful? No judgment here, but feel free to post anonymously if you wish. (New York Times)
Bad beef in Canada: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume a long list of potentially E. coli-laced beef products, all originating from the same packer that supplied now-defunct Topps in the U.S. (Inspection.gc.ca) Related: U.S. to boost testing of imported Canada meat)
Australian bees cleared: A virus linked to the strange disappearance of honeybees did not arrive in the United States via recently imported Australian hives, according to a new genetic analysis. (ScienceNOW)
Who do you guys work for again?: The House Agriculture Committee held a one-sided hearing the other day about technology in the meat industry. The witnesses were from Cargill, Tyson, Hormel, Iowa State University, and the USDA. That's right, no consumer advocates or public-health experts to complain about deceptively fresh, carbon-monoxide-gassed meat packages — or ask for better product safety in general. Several consumer groups put out a press release decrying the witness list.
Watching English waste lines: The U.K. government has launched a "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign to raise consumer awareness of grocery waste, and to show how it can be cut. (Guardian)
A real gray area: Suzanne Nelson (who, by the way, blogs at Honest Human) covers the ongoing fight by North Carolina consumers to be able to purchase unpasteurized milk, which the state now plans to dye charcoal gray to ensure it only goes to pets. (Independent Weekly)
Smashing idea: A Utah animal rescue sanctuary is conducting a food drive for used jack-o'-lanterns. Farm animals apparently adore the stuff. (Deseret Morning News)
Statistical ammo: For Food and Farm Bill followers, the Congressional Research Service has issued a handy report called "Comparison of the House and Senate 2007 Farm Bills." It consists of 23 pages of tables comparing the two versions on a number of issues, like direct payments, meat and poultry inspection, bioenergy, and more. ( FarmPolicy.com (PDF))
Gov. Ed goes to Washington: Why would the Bush administration pick Ed Schafer, previously governor of North Dakota, a state that gets more farm program money than anyone else? Dan Owens at the Center for Rural Affairs finds a hometown newspaper article that explains some possible motives for the alliance.