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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Study Finds Antibiotic-Free Turkey Less Likely to Harbor Resistant Bacteria

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Ground turkey from birds raised without antibiotics is less likely to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventional ground turkey, according to a new study published by Consumer Reports today. The group tested 257 samples of raw ground turkey meat and patties, purchased from major retailers nationwide, for Enterococcus, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, and… Continue Reading

“Ag-Gag” Sponsor Unloads on Humane Society in Tennessee

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Usually when someone trying to make a point with a new law eliminates the penalty for disobeying it, things settle down. Old legislative wags say that’s how a law becomes a suggestion. But in Tennessee, where Gov. Bill Haslam has ten days (excluding Sundays), to sign or veto new laws, folks have gotten more stirred… Continue Reading

Risky Meat, Missed Opportunity

Opinion

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Will knowing which foods are most likely to cause severe foodborne illness increase consumer and industry vigilance? “Risky Meat,” Center for Science and the Public Interest’s (CSPI) April 23 report stated this as their goal, but they miss an opportunity to offer guidance that could really make a difference. “Risky Meat,” written by Sarah Klein… Continue Reading

FDA to Investigate Safety of Added Caffeine

Move prompted by release of new caffeinated gum

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it will reexamine the safety of caffeine added to foods. The decision was prompted by the release of a new caffeinated gum called Alert, manufactured by Wrigley, which hit markets Monday. The last time FDA looked at caffeine as a food additive was in the 1950s… Continue Reading

Welcome to the Food Safety Summit — Visit Booth #221

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Get your personal signed copy of Poisoned, the true account of the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak by award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict at Food Safety Summit. While attending the Food Safety Summit, be sure to visit Booth #221. Poisoned, just released in paperback, is available for purchase for the retail price… Continue Reading

Campaign for GM Food Labeling Gets New State Battleground

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Sunday’s end to the Washington State Legislature’s 105-day regular session means Evergreen State voters are going to decide whether genetically modified food should be labeled.  That’s because lawmakers in Olympia took no action on Initiative 522, Washington State’s version of  the “Right to Know” law California voters narrowly rejected last November. I-522 is an “Initiative… Continue Reading

The Cull Cow Quandry

Opinion

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Some of the most disgusting images of modern agriculture being presented to the American public are those of old cull cows being inhumanely treated and mishandled by workers in the slaughter house pens. The Humane Society of the United States, PETA and other organizations that want us to stop slaughtering animals for human consumption keep… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: The Drought is Over

Opinion

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More than one drought may be over in the heartland of America. Yes, there’s been enough snow and rain to drastically reduce the drought’s footprint on the land of the Southeast and West. But there is also a sign another drought may have ended, that’s the one where food industry executives skate after they’ve poisoned… Continue Reading

Indiana Lawmakers Went Home this AM Without “Ag-Gag”

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The Indiana General Assembly early this morning adjourned for the year without passing any version of a proposed “ag-gag” law, including a tougher version that was favored by the Senate. When Senate Bill 373 passed in the Senate again Friday on a 29-to-21 vote, the measure went over to House. In the House debate that… Continue Reading