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January 31, 2011 Opposition to GM Organisms Hard to Justify

Source: The American Spectator

The USDA on Thursday decided not to restrict the planting of genetically modified alfalfa. This is a good decision backed by solid science. In fact, all genetically modified organisms (GMO's) are backed by solid science. ...

January 18, 2011 8 Ways to Fix Our Broken Food System


Bill Marler, the food safety lawyer in Seattle, is asking for responses to the question, “if you had a magic wand, how would you fix the food safety system?” I’ve been mulling over his question in light of the recent enactment...

January 11, 2011 Are FDA Scientists Ready for Food Safety Law?

Source: Science Insider

An ambitious new food-safety law aims to shift the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from response to prevention, but an under-resourced scientific staff—and budgetary restraints—may limit how much FDA can...

January 7, 2011 Food Safety: Protecting Organic Food Against Pesticides

Source: Just Means

While food safety regulations don't necessarily discriminate against non-organic food grown with the heavy use of pesticides, there are certainly many of us who think they ought to. And while organic food isn't necessarily safe...

January 3, 2011 Dual Jurisdiction: Also in Need of 'Modernization'

Source: Food Safety News

"Dual Jurisdiction," for those who may not know, generally describes a processing plant where more than one product line is being produced, and some of the facility's products fall under the Department of Health and Human...

December 29, 2010 Food Safety Act will prevent illnesses and save money

Source: Delaware Online

Since the implementation of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act of 1938, the U.S. has undergone many changes in terms of food production and distribution. The newly passed Food Safety Modernization Act grants the U.S. Food and Drug...

December 27, 2010 Editorial: Food-safety bill needs commitment of money to work

Source: Sheboyganpress

The long-awaited and much-needed overhaul of the nation's food inspection system still faces a difficult hurdle. Lawmakers approved the overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for inspecting about 80...

December 8, 2010 The Food-Safety Bill: Flawed, and Needed

Source: Time blog

The Senate's Food Safety Modernization Act, prematurely announced as a done deal a week ago, is stalled again — or "doomed," if you go by some news outlets. In any case, it's in trouble. The Senate bill contains provisions for...

November 29, 2010 America's food safety watchdogs need sharper teeth

Source: Sacramento Bee

More than any other holiday, the one we just celebrated is about food. But what we ate on Thanksgiving, or any other day, may not be as safe as we think. Last summer a half-billion salmonella-tainted eggs were recalled. Last...

November 26, 2010 Food Safety Bill: What Will it Mean for Sustainability and For Our Health?

Source: Triple Pundit

In the coming week, the Senate will be voting on S.510, the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act, a bill that will provide sweeping new powers to the FDA to regulate farmers. In the wake of the recent egg recall, as well as...

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