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September 14, 2010 Can the FDA Protect You From Rotten Food?

Source: Care 2

I am going to cut to the chase for this one: Amid this climate of food safety recalls (I will refer to it as a climate, as it has become far too frequent and widespread to simply call it a season of recalls) it is essential that...

September 10, 2010 Half a Billion Eggs, DeCoster, Factory Farms and Consolidation: The View From Iowa

Source: Dave Murphy, The Huffington Post

For most Americans the current egg recall of seems like another strange accident. When people wake up in the morning they don't spend a lot of time thinking about where their food comes from. As massive food safety outbreaks like...

September 1, 2010 Cracking the Food Safety Crisis Behind the Egg Recall


The recall of a half billion eggs due to Salmonella poisoning highlights not only an abundance of industry hubris, but a shortage of federal oversight and foresight. On the other hand, it’s also a helpful better-late-than-never...

August 31, 2010 The Food Safety Shell Game

Source: Meat Trade News Daily

What isn't being discussed in Congress, during the ongoing debate on the broken federal food safety system, is the root cause of the most serious pathogenic outbreaks in our food—the elephant (poop) in the room.

August 27, 2010 Sick to Your Stomach? Try This

Source: The New Republic

New federal rules for egg production went into effect last month--too late, it turns out, to prevent a major salmonella outbreak that has already sickened 1,500 people. But even with those rules in place, the food supply isn’t as...

August 26, 2010 EDITORIAL: Food Safety Scrambled


The pattern has become all too familiar: There is an outbreak of food-borne illness, the public demands tougher regulations, Congress pledges action and -- nothing happens. In 2008, it was peanut butter, the year before spinach...

August 23, 2010 Senate Bill S510: Food Safety or Food Fascism?

Source: JustMeans

Of all the many facets of sustainable food, food safety is probably on the top of the list. After all, what good is it, if it's not safe to eat? Out of the perils of systematic pesticide and herbicide use, sloppy factory...

August 20, 2010 Ethics of Labeling


We’ve discussed labeling many times at Biofortified, usually looking at things from a practical perspective, such as in the posts What’s in a label? and Labeling GMOs. I argue that anything that is scientifically proven to be a...

August 18, 2010 Two Takes on the Senate Food Safety Bill

Source: The Atlantic

Yesterday, I posted comments from the Consumers Federation of America about the latest version of S.510 (PDF). With luck, the Senate will vote to pass this bill in September and will reconcile its version with the House bill...

August 4, 2010 Food safety is different from public health

Source: Marketing Week

Although your leader column on the future of the Food Standards Agency (MW 15 July) was overtaken slightly by events, it did contain some muddled thinking that I feel is worth addressing

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