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James Andrews

James Andrews

James Andrews is the managing editor of Food Safety News and a Seattle-based reporter covering science, agriculture and foodborne illness outbreaks. He holds degrees in Environmental Journalism and English from Western Washington University and has previously worked as a science writer for the National Park Service, and he received first prize for consumer affairs reporting and second prize for general features at the 2012 Washington Press Association awards.

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New Federal Bill Aims to Squash State GMO-Labeling Efforts

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Efforts to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sprouted across more than two dozen states, including two successful bills in Maine and Connecticut, along with measures that came up short at the ballot box in California and Washington. But proposed federal legislation introduced on Wednesday would put an end to that by prohibiting any mandatory… Continue Reading

Outbreak Case Counts: Why Official Numbers Fall Far Below Estimates

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When news broke this past fall of two separate Salmonella outbreaks tied to Foster Farms chicken, one of the most noteworthy aspects of each outbreak was the number of patients sickened. To date, the outbreaks have been connected to 615 reported Salmonella infections altogether, making Foster Farms chicken the largest known source of foodborne Salmonella… Continue Reading

Markets With Recalled Meat Get Outed; Restaurants Do Not

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When the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, CA, revealed on Wednesday that much of the beef cited in the massive Rancho Feeding Corp. beef recall ended up being served at Jack in the Box and other fast-food restaurants, there was a secondary revelation for many in the food industry: The U.S. Department of Agriculture does… Continue Reading

Independent Ranchers Still In Limbo From Rancho Beef Recall

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Last August, James Baker took a job as the warehouse manager of BN Ranch after receiving an offer from the owner, Bill Niman. Baker had worked with Niman at another ranch several years prior, and he quickly jumped at the opportunity to work with him again now that Niman had his own ranch. “Bill is… Continue Reading

Study Examines Relationship Between Raw Milk and Lactose Intolerance

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Despite claims sometimes made about the health benefits of drinking raw milk, evidence does not suggest that drinking raw milk will relieve or lessen the symptoms of lactose intolerance, according to a study conducted by nutritionists at Stanford University and published this week in Annals of Family Medicine. But, according to the dairy owner who… Continue Reading

FDA Suspends Registration of Cheese Manufacturer Over Health Risk

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For the second time since gaining the authority to do so, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday suspended the registration of a food facility – this time Roos Foods Inc., the maker of cheese and sour cream that caused an outbreak of Listeria in Maryland and California that included one death. The facility’s… Continue Reading

100-Plus Groups Ask Obama to Ditch New Poultry Rules

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More than 100 organizations signed a letter sent to President Obama on Thursday asking the White House to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection.” The organizations signing on to the letter cover a range of interests, from organic food retailers such as Hummingbird Wholesale to groups… Continue Reading

Debate Grows Over Poultry Worker Safety Under Proposed HIMP Regulations

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Last week, organizations representing consumers and farm workers convened in Washington, D.C., to speak with members of Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials about the threat they feel new poultry plant regulations pose to both plant worker safety and food safety as a whole. The USDA regulations of concern are part of HIMP, or the… Continue Reading

A Year Later, Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Dozens More

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At least 481 people in 25 states have been sickened in the national Salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms brand chicken, according to the latest outbreak update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the last update on Jan. 16, 51 new cases have been reported from five states: Arizona (3), California… Continue Reading

Happy Ending for Family Devastated by Listeria

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When Joanna Valentine finally got pregnant after two years of attempts and more than 10 years together with her partner, Laurie Sorenson, she knew that she was going to take every recommended precaution during her pregnancy. Part of that meant buckling down on the adventurous side of her diet. Despite being a self-described foodie, Valentine… Continue Reading