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Claire Mitchell

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Beware of Lead in Ceramic Kitchenware

Several months ago, Gerald O’Malley, the director of clinical research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Emergency Department in Philadelphia, took a stroll through Philadelphia’s Chinatown district. Recently hired by the hospital in July 2010, O’Malley wanted to orient himself with his new neighborhood. On his walk, he noticed dozens of shops selling colorfully decorated ceramic… Continue Reading

Study Suggests Less Salmonella in Organic Chicken

The prevalence of fecal Salmonella and anti-microbial Salmonella is lower in certified-organic broiler chickens than in chickens that are conventionally raised, according to a study recently published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.  The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Georgia in collaboration with scientists at Ohio State University and North Carolina State… Continue Reading

Canada to Publish Names of Food Safety Violators

In an effort to improve transparency and accountability in the food system, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a new policy on March 16 to post quarterly information on its website regarding the agency’s compliance and enforcement activities.  Previously, CFIA published information on its website on prosecution bulletins only when a conviction was obtained… Continue Reading

States Consider Bans on Farm Photos

In the past decade, modern industrial agriculture has experienced a stream of negative media attention, a significant departure from the typical pastoral image of American farming. The livestock industry in particular has come under fire with the release of undercover videos exposing animal cruelty.   In 2004, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)… Continue Reading

Gearing Up for the 2012 Farm Bill Debate

Daniel Imhoff, a researcher, farmer, author of numerous articles and books, independent publisher, and speaker, recently gave a presentation at the University of Washington about the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill. The March 1 event, sponsored by Northwest Farm Bill Action Group and the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Planning and Design in the College… Continue Reading

Challenge to Horizon Organic’s DHA Fortified Milk

In 1990, the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) was enacted by Congress with the purpose of assuring consumers that organically produced products meet a consistent, nationwide standard. Prior to the passage of this federal law, private and State agencies were responsible for certifying organic practices. As a result, there was no uniform standard guaranteeing the… Continue Reading

A Performance Drug That Can Taint Feed, Athletes

Legally used in certain countries outside the United States as a prescription medical treatment for asthma in humans and airway obstruction in horses, clenbuterol, classified as a beta2-adrenergic agonist, is perhaps more commonly known for its illegal use by athletes and bodybuilders to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat. It also has gained… Continue Reading

Canada’s New Online Food Safety Resource

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has announced the implementation of a new and easy to use online resource, called EAT SAFE!, aimed at helping consumers avoid foodborne illness.  The website includes sections instructing consumers how to properly clean, handle, separate, cook and chill their foods, complete with a link to appropriate internal temperatures for various… Continue Reading