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Why we need to arm the EPA against toxic chemicals

Silent scream: "In America, chemicals are innocent until proven guilty," writes Bejamin Ross in this fascinating summary of the FDA and the larger history of U.S. regulation of toxic substances in food and our everyday environments. While this rule of thumb has been in place for over a century, it's not how...

Meet your greens, part 3: Taking the stand against the veggilantes

This is the third in a series about the USDA hearings on an industry proposal for a food-safety marketing agreement for leafy green vegetables. My first post describes what marketing agreements are and do; my second covers the first day of testimony, which was dominated by industry supporters of the...

Meet your greens, part 2: Industry seeks to outfox FDA

This is the second in a series of posts on my week in Monterey, CA, where I attended the first of seven USDA hearings around the country on an industry proposal to create a national marketing agreement on the safety of leafy greens. (Marketing agreements are explained in my first post, here.) It’s not...

NY Senator Schumer calls for clamp down on sketchy milk protein concentrates

Putting the squeeze on MPCs: We missed this a few days ago, but New York Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a bill that would levy higher tariffs on imports of milk protein concentrates, or MPCs. (Little Falls Times) The dried dairy product - if you can call it that - is becoming ubiquitous in many...

Memo to raw-milk advocates: Improve information, or get sued

Fifty veterinarians and others concerned with food safety gathered at a raw milk symposium last Sunday in Seattle. Sponsored by the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), “The Raw Milk Conundrum” featured speakers from nearly every regulatory agency in this country,  food safety academics, and...

Memo to raw-milk advocates: Improve information, or get sued

Fifty veterinarians and others concerned with food safety gathered at a raw milk symposium last Sunday in Seattle. Sponsored by the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), “The Raw Milk Conundrum” featured speakers from nearly every regulatory agency in this country,  food safety academics, and...

Smithfield’s first union contract, at a Tar Heel plant, may pay unexpected dividends

Achoo, swine flu!!!: The newly unionized workforce at Smithfield Foods’ pork plant in Tar Heel, N.C., just signed its first labor contract, and the industry is watching closely to see if union fever spreads. This little sentence leapt out at us: "Under the pre-union system, an employee received demerit...

Food safety sweep

House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman certainly had his ducks in a row today, as a sweeping food safety bill, H.R. 2749, passed unanimously out of the committee. (CQ Politics and Reuters; thanks, Naomi!) There will be lots more analysis in the coming days, but here's what we've gathered...

Crying fowl about food-borne illnesses

Cluck it: Chicken is identified as the No. 1 ingredient source of food-borne illness (can you say CAFO? So why is an old-fashioned chicken coop pictured?). However, if you must know, two-thirds of food-related illnesses — note carefully worded following  description — "traced to a lone ingredient" were...

Russia says ‘nyet’ to pork from two Tyson plants

Pork, please, but hold the E. coli. Russia reportedly has banned pork from two Iowa plants run by Tyson due to Russians' finding E. coli bacterium in pork from the plants....

Meat industry squeals at thought of FDA oversight

Leggo of our CAFO!: Big Meat is less than pleased with the food safety bill currently moving through Congress, summarizes Tom Laskawy. Despite the facts that food safety breaches — and voluntary, useless after-the-fact recalls — are still common, the industry thinks the proposed new fees are too high, and...

Processed food companies: Food safety is the consumer’s job

Perhaps the only time we'll agree with Michael Osterholm: Mega food companies like ConAgra, whose frozen chicken pot pies sickened over 15,000 people two years ago, are giving up the ghost and admitting they have no idea where many of their ingredients come from nor how they've been handled. Sound like a...

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