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Digest: PB woes, black farmers organize, Schillinger takes on Monsanto

You got salmonella in my peanut butter: As the salmonella scare continues with dozens of recalls by the FDA of truly frightening things like Little Debbie® Peanut Butter Toasties, the agency is urging people to avoid products made with peanut paste and peanut butter. Peanut butter in jars is probably safe....

Digest: Food’s future heats up, dairy prices tank, and we ask FDA to hold the peanut butter

Incompetence sandwich: 400 people have been sickened nationwide by a Salmonella outbreak linked to King Nut peanut butter, and while the company has quickly responded with a voluntary recall, the FDA has yet to issue a press release telling the public they should avoid the stuff. Are they nuts? (CNN.com)...

Ask the Ethicurean: What will vog do to my veggies?

We're reviving the Ask the Ethicurean column by plucking a recent question from the comments section. Send your burning questions about SOLE food to t...@ethicurean.com and we'll use our collective brain, contact list, and PhD in Googling to guess at the answer for you. Aloha, I too have an organic garden...

Local food safety cop?: In which Bill Marler is compared to John Travolta, Ally McBeal, Julia Roberts, and 80s pop star Tiffany, all in one place

Earlier this week, Bill Marler, the attorney who’s earned oodles suing food companies for selling products contaminated with E. coli and other pathogens (his wife's car even sports an ECOLI license plate), published his list of top 10 food safety challenges for 2009. Most of these items made me nod my head...

Digest – News: More midnight rollbacks, valuing fast food, and Irish pork CSI

Heavy metal blowout: The FDA has recommended that the Bush Administration revise its consumer guidance on fish, changes that would encourage women and children to eat more fish despite growing concerns about mercury contamination (not to mention, um, the absolute unsustainability of our current...

Digest – News: Subway and Michigan join the ranks of the enlightened, Japan counts (domestic) calories

12/12 update: Victory at Tar Heel: After a 14-year dispute with company leadership, workers at Smithfield's Tar Heel, NC plant voted last night to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Smithfield workers had voted against joining the union on two previous occasions, but the company was found to...

Digest addition: Massive recall of Irish pork for PCB presence

PCB is for Piggy Chemical Backlash: Friend o"Ethicurean and Plenty columnist Nathalie Jordi has just alerted us to some big news the Digest missed — the massive recall underway (Times Online) of all pork products made in Ireland since September 1. (Read Food Safety Authority of Ireland's release.) Routine...

Produce perversions part 1: Living with the underbelly

Updated on 11/29 to clarify that perchlorate is from rocket fuel, not jet fuel. Thanks, Marc! (I admit that I thought they were the same thing; that is why I do not work for a defense logistics company.) 2008 has been, let's just say it, a pretty lousy year for food safety. Southern California meatpacker...

Digest: Mo’ melamine woes, food safety offenders, Obama to target subsidies

Want some formica in your formula?: We thought we'd seen the worst of the FDA's screwups with this Chinese melamine debacle, but the agency still has surprises up its sleeve. It held back test results that reveal low levels of melamine in infant formula produced by U.S. companies Mead Johnson, Nestle, and...

Digest – News & Features: Organic gets wild n’ crazy, turkey workers do too, and everyone turns to SPAM

When organic gets fishy: The National Organic Standards Board ruled to allow farmed fish that consume up to 25% non-organic feed to be labeled "organic." Consumer advocates worry it's the beginning of a downward slide for standards on other organic animal products. (Washington Post) Pasture perfect...

Canada’s current food-safety crisis

Canada is gearing up for a shift in its food system. Two things have happened to spur this possible upcoming shift in Canadians' buying and eating habits. First, Maple Leaf Foods, Canada's largest food processor, has announced that some of their products contain a strain of listeria bacteria. There have...

Red alert! Americans are concerned about food safety!

Crank up the RSS feed! The news is out that Americans are worried about the safety of their food supply. This astonishing revelation comes to us via the Center for Food Integrity, an organization established just last year in Kansas City, Mo., "to increase consumer trust and confidence in the contemporary...

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