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Alex Ferguson

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Dissecting Another False Meat Industry Claim

It’s not an easy time to be a meat producer.  On October 3, 2009, the New York Times ran an exposé focusing on the meat industry, the dangers of E. coli O157:H7 contamination, and the ways in which contaminated ground beef forever changed the life of Minnesota resident Stephanie Smith.  Following the article, meat producers… Continue Reading

USDA Should Declare non-O157 E. coli an Adulterant

Why Should the Food Safety and Inspection Service Declare Enterohemorrhagic non-O157 E. coli to be an Adulterant?
 It seems that any serious discussion of E. coli O157:H7 always has to start with one event: the 1993 outbreak associated with the Jack in the Box restaurant chain.  This, of course, is with good reason.  That outbreak… Continue Reading

Will H.R. 2749 Kill Small Farms?

Amidst the flurry of activity surrounding the proposed food safety bills currently in the House and Senate, one of the most hotly discussed topics remains whether the bills will affect small farms.  Will these bills end the organic farming movement as we know it?  Will farmers markets dwindle as growers are overwhelmed by regulations?  To… Continue Reading