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April 13, 2010 Time to freshen outdated food safety laws - Editorial

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Here's something to think about next time you're at the dinner table: Most U.S. food-processing plants haven't been inspected in at least five years. That unappetizing tidbit comes from a new report by the U.S. Food and Drug...

April 8, 2010 Super Weeds, Bees, and Diabetes: 7 Food Safety Predictions


The Organic Center, a research institute focused on the science of organic food and farming, recently revealed concerns for the state of the food industry and agriculture. Despite the symbolism of an organic garden at the White...

January 19, 2010 IF We had an Undersecretary of Food Safety...

Source: Food Safety News

IF there was an undersecretary for food safety this is what they should be doing...

January 5, 2010 Last year was a rough one for food safety. Will 2010 be any better?

Source: Cold

Over the holidays I wrote about a meal we all wanted to avoid. For the appetizer: San Antonio Bay oysters polluted with Noroviruses. For the main course: grilled beef infected with E. coli from contaminated tenderizing needles;...

January 5, 2010 USA - Food safety now open season for anyone to attack meat trade

Source: Meat Trade Daily News

As 2009 comes to a close, there is no letup in the calls from politicians, consumer advocates, food safety lawyers and major media outlets for USDA and the food industry to step up their game when it comes to food safety.

December 21, 2009 Editorial - The 76 Million Food Victims

Source: New York Times

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress set up a system that required food producers to register with the federal government, theoretically making it easier to trace dangerous contaminants in the nation’s food supply. A new report...

December 17, 2009 Sick lunch


I realize this is merely peripheral to the debate over health care reform, health policy generally, and Americans' health status. But as those larger issues are discussed, the fact that--surprise, surprise--some of nation's...

December 15, 2009 Overhaul of U.S. food safety system is overdue

Source: Los Angeles Times

FDA oversight hasn't had a major revision for more than 50 years. Farms are inspected about once a decade; about 1% of imported food is examined. Congress should act now to protect the public.

December 11, 2009 The Top 7 Foods Avoided by Food Safety Experts


Liz Vaccariello, Editor in Chief of Prevention Magazine, recently interviewed several experts on food healthfulness and safety. She asked, “What foods do you avoid”, and was surprised by some of the answers.

December 8, 2009 Editorials - Are toys safer?

Source: Miami Herald

Is danger lurking in that toy you want to buy for a favorite toddler? This year, the chances are better than ever that the answer is No. Toys now on the market are supposed to meet a higher safety standard than they have before,...

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