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Non-total recall: The USDA’s lack of authority

A line of 7,500 trucks stretching 85 miles. That's what it would take to haul the nearly 300 million pounds of meat and poultry products that were recalled between January 1, 1994, and November 30, 2007, in 773 separate incidents. These eye-popping numbers come from the appendix of a Congressional Research...

Bringing your work home: Poultry workers carry drug-resistant E. coli into the community

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been in the news a lot lately. Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle had a front page story about the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One of the causes is the routine addition of antibiotics to animal feed as "growth promoters" — including some...

First major E. coli-related recall of 2008

Well, the meat's from 2007, but why quibble when we have this exciting new graphic to guide your decision whether or not to eat a burger of questionable provenance? Details: Rochester Meat of Minnesota is recalling approximately 188,000 pounds of ground beef products because — drumroll! — ...

Digest – Features: The economics of cheap food, beef industry insider critics, fish farming

Feast and famine: It's the end of cheap food as we know it, says the Economist, whose food-price index is now at its highest since it began in 1845, having risen by one-third in the past year. The culprits, it says, are rising incomes in Asia that allow people to buy more grain-fed meat, and U.S. ethanol...

Digest – Blogs: Local focal, 0157 by the numbers, courting food stamps

In local parentis: Continuing our circle of mutual linkage, we agree with Lainie that it's important to distinguish between local food and products that are made by a local people using possibly nonlocal ingredients — and support both. While her solution, LoCo foods, for made by a local company, is...

USDA requests comments on leafy greens rulemaking

Following last fall's crisis over E. coli contamination of spinach, the growers, distributors and retailers of salad mix started talking about improving their safety practices. A fair amount of activity in this area has been happening in California, including some bills in the legislature and voluntary...

Digest – News: USDA loophole allows E. coli-positive beef to be sold, lots more news

Shit happens…to be legally sellable for consumption: "One federal inspector calls it the 'E. coli loophole.' Another says, 'Nobody would buy it if they knew.'" What are these officials talking about? A little-known fact that the USDA allows companies to sell meat that has tested positive...

Digest – News: New AgSec nominated, organic food is superior (duh), meat zombies

Due to a road trip to remote Oregon with non-Ethicurean parental units and deadline pressures, there has not been a full Digest for over a week. (Sorry.) Some of these links are thus a little moldy, but we need'em for the archives, so just hold your noses. Living with Ed, maybe: President Bush has nominated...

Digest – News: Bayer uncensured, another beef recall (yawn), fishy recommendations

We seem to have settled into a twice-weekly, midweek+weekend routine for the Digest. If you need to snack between our buffets, plenty of blogs now offer their own pithy links roundups to keep you informed, including this newish regular entry from Serious Eats, In the News (whose format may seem vaguely...

Digest – News: Save our schoolkids (from their lunches), another E. coli outbreak, mass fish slaughter

Basic nutrition 101: The Washington Post reports that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has introduced a bill that would have the government set new nutritional standards for the foods and drinks that schools sell to students outside cafeterias. But just what those standards should be is the issue — should...

Not so NAIS: Animal-tracking program is solution to wrong problem

Thanks to Marc R. for calling my attention to the Government Accountability Office's recent report on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NAIS, which first saw the light of corner offices at the USDA in 2002, flaunts a meaty goal: to identify and track the movement of all livestock animals and...

Digest: We’re all just lab rats in the maze of the global food chain

Not much news this weekend. Which doesn't mean there's a shortage of links. NEWS Globalization risks: The New York Times has two top-notch articles, one in the Business section and one in Health, that could have been even better with a little integration. (We're just saying.) The first looks at how Big Food...

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