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June 6, 2011 Mr. President, Can You Hear Us Now

Source: Food Safety News

Like the familiar cell phone coverage commercial on television, we are beginning to wonder if the President and his appointees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are...

May 17, 2011 What The FDA Ignored About Food Dyes

Source: The Patch

Last week I gave a talk to a group of mothers on how to make home-packed lunches for school that will power kids through the afternoon, Naturally a lot of what I shared was about what foods you should avoid, and that brought us...

May 10, 2011 What Is the "Future of Food" Without Food Safety?

Source: Huffington Post

I attended the Future of Food Conference in Washington D.C. this last week and was amazed by the speakers that author Eric Schlosser and the Washington Post put together. From Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee...

April 25, 2011 Our food supply is vulnerable to attack

Source: Kansas City Star

The heartland label “breadbasket of the world” brings to mind homey comforts, until you begin viewing agriculture as the FBI does. If terrorism means planes into buildings and bombs planted in subways, consider the potential...

April 21, 2011 Nanotechnology: "The Next Big Controversy in Food"

Source: Miami New Times

What is nanotechnology? Michael Passoff, a senior strategist with shareholder activist group As You Sow, recently wrote an article about nanotechnology and its use in food manufacturing. "Nanotech is already used in vitamins,...

April 6, 2011 Why Radiation and Contamination Is Like Comparing Apples and Oranges

Source: Mi2g

Why does it make no sense to compare in-flight radiation exposure and ingesting radioactive isotopes? It is wrong to compare internal emitters with external emitters, ie, ingesting radioactive isotopes versus in-flight exposure...

April 1, 2011 Food safety: Should canned foods come with a warning label?

Source: LA Times

Although smokers may not like reading the warning labels on cigarettes, at least they know that they're consuming a product that comes with health risks. Should consumers of canned goods also get the benefit of a warning label?...

March 16, 2011 What a Massive Spinach Recall Teaches Us About Food Safety

Source: Time

Over the past two weeks, grocery stores in every region of the United States and Canada have been taking frozen organic spinach—and a host of products ranging from frozen dinners to spinach dip—off their shelves. All the spinach...

March 14, 2011 The Complex Origins of Food Safety Rules—Yes, You Are Overcooking Your Food

Source: Scientific America

Scientific research on foodborne pathogens provides the foundation for all food safety rules. Generally speaking, two kinds of research inform us about issues of food safety. The first is laboratory experimentation: for example,...

March 7, 2011 Plastic's New Frontier: No Scary Chemicals

Source: National Public Radio

Some businessmen and scientists in Austin, Texas, are trying to change the way consumers think about plastic. They say it's not enough to buy a water bottle or sandwich bag that's free of BPA, the chemical consumer groups have...

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