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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....

Digest – Features & Blogs: Local or just “good,” Marler takes the stand

We know it when we eat it: The NYT's Mark Bittman ponders what to call food that used to go by "natural," before that word got co-opted by corporate marketing teams. "Instead of labeling ourselves — I only eat 'local,' 'seasonal,' or 'organic' food — why don’t we just say we strive to eat 'good' or...

Digest – News: The California conundrum, Monsanto at large, and tuna testing (not to be tried at home)

A new growth export market - the revolving door: U.S. government agencies are imploring foreign countries to bring their food safety regulations up to the (arguably pretty low) U.S. par, but the buck doesn't stop there: countries like India are being pushed to develop regulations on GM crops, industrial...

All steriled up: Produce safety guidelines throw sustainability out, keep toxic bathwater

Readers may remember back in November when I announced the first installment of a two-part post on produce safety. It's taken me a few months to get around to it, but here we are: part 2! Photo of a "sterile farm" courtesy of the Wild Farm Alliance. Part 1 of this post found me sitting awkwardly at an FDA...

Big problems? Blame the little guy

Been feeling a bit queasy about all the contaminated meat peppering the news lately? Put that weary stomach to rest. Yes, children, all is well with the world (or at least the world of ground beef). In yet another illustration of its almost preternatural ability to correctly identify and attack food-safety...

“End Times” for Nebraska Beef?

The wave of ground-beef recalls entangling even Whole Foods has grown to tsunami proportions for Nebraska Beef Ltd.: the amount of beef recalled has reached 6.66 million pounds, as food injury lawyer Bill Marler recently pointed out. If nearly 100 people sick is not enough, the Mark of the Beast's...

Just another E. coli ground-beef recall

For some reason whenever an email alert from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service comes through late at night, it's a sizable E. coli beef recall. This time it's 153,630 pounds of frozen ground beef products produced by S&S Foods LLC of Azusa, Calif., that may be contaminated with that peskily...

Obama introduces innocuous food-safety bill

Senator Barack Obama introduced a food safety bill in the Senate on Tuesday that outlines his intent to increase food surveillance, create a working group of stakeholders (including consumers) to examine implementation, encourage academic research on detection, and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing...

Something good for a change: USDA increases info access on meat recalls

Score one for access to information. The USDA announced today that starting next month, it will publicize the names of retail stores that have received shipments of recalled meat and poultry. Up until now, recalls were issued for slaughtering or processing companies; consumers were informed that meat...

Digest – News: So Monsanto, going to take on Wal-Mart? Meanwhile, raw milk’s losing

It ain't over until the biotech giant screams: Wal-Mart says its private-label milk will be produced with no artificial growth hormones, aka Monsanto's rBST drug Posilac. (Globe and Mail) Related: Kroger wants to be able to tell consumers in its more than 3,200 groceries and convenience stores that its milk...

Digest – Features: Farming San Francisco, 0157′s mutant bastard, mo’ milk

Question for Digest readers; Does it annoy you when a Digest is really long like this one and we don't break it with a More jump? How bout when we do? Locavore locus: The Chronicle's Farming the City package features Kevin Bayuk, a young landscaper who wants to turn the city's 100+ acres' worth of vacant...

Two lawsuits filed against raw-milk dairy Organic Pastures

The Ethicurean has learned that California's leading raw-milk dairy, Organic Pastures, has been named in two personal-injury lawsuits related to a 2006 outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7. Meanwhile, California’s Assembly Agriculture Committee is currently establishing a "blue ribbon commission" to...

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