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Chuck Jolley

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Fong’s Folly: Trying to Test Our Way Out

U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector General Phyllis Fong made her annual presentation to the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Committee on appropriations on March 2. Most of what she said to this group of U.S. House of Representatives could only thrill the policy wonks that make up the… Continue Reading

What Kind of Toxin is Dioxin?

You probably haven’t heard anything about this group of toxic chemicals for almost six years.  Formed during combustion processes such as waste incineration, they’re known to increase the likelihood of cancer after long-term low level exposure. At higher levels, dioxins can be disfiguring or deadly.   It was six years ago that the world first… Continue Reading

S. 510 Opinion: No Free Passes

I’ve been worrying over some of the provisions of this bill, especially since some of my friends in small production agriculture are so dead set against it.  They believe that the food safety requirements are an onerous encroachment on our freedom to produce, purchase and eat anything we want. “It will kill back yard gardens,”… Continue Reading

Egg on Their Faces: Plenty of Blame to Go Around

Meat&Poultry magazine reported “AIB International on Sept. 23 issued a statement saying that while it conducted its GMP inspection in three of six in-shell egg grading/sorting facilities owned by Wright County Egg Co., Clarion, Iowa, it was not contracted to and did not inspect the other areas of the company’s operations, including the feed milling… Continue Reading

Food Safety: When Logic Fails

Michael Sansolo was the chief honcho at the Food Marketing Institute for a long time before he left and joined forces with Kevin Coupe and MorningNewsBeat.  He writes a column for that supermarket-oriented news and opinion service called “Sansolo Speaks.”  Recently his editorial comment was entitled “When Logic Fails” and one paragraph especially should be… Continue Reading

Finding STECs in an Emotional Hay Stack

I am a fan of the meat industry’s efforts to identify and eliminate sources of foodborne illness.  The work done to end the scourge of E. coli O157:H7 alone has tapped the best scientific minds around the world and cost millions of dollars.  Processing plants have reconstructed their production lines, added costly but necessary kill… Continue Reading

Measuring Pathogens in Poultry

Shouldn’t we test for pathogens closer to where the public actually buys their meat and poultry? In one of his periodic Meatingplace.com blogs (subscription required). Dr. Richard Raymond made a statement about testing poultry parts for pathogens that is stunning in its simplicity. Politically speaking, though, it’s potentially a 10.0 on the Richter scale.  He… Continue Reading

Questioning the Search for More Strains of E. coli

Here is an easy case to make: The pursuit of E. coli O157:H7 and its total eradication has been the holy grail of the meat industry since at least the infamous 1993 Jack in the Box case. The industry has acknowledged millions have been spent in research and the in-plant installation of multiple, science-based ‘hurdles’… Continue Reading