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Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson is a freelance journalist living in Port Townsend, Washington. Previously he worked 30 years at the Seattle Times, where he covered politics, natural resources and environmental issues. He was a John S. Knight Jornalism Fellow at Stanford in 1979 and has won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and several awards for his now-and-then maritime column for the Port Townsend Leader. In recent years, he has occasionally worked with food safety attorney William Marler on various writing projects.

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Theology of Salmon: Wild or Farmed?

Most of what people think they know about aquaculture salmon is obsolete, or wasn't true in the first place


Food Safety News writer Ross Anderson recently toured fish farms and processing plants in southern Chile as a guest of Salmon of the Americas, a Chilean trade organization. This is the second of two reports. Puerto Montt, Chile – In the Pacific Northwest, where I’ve lived and worked for 40 years, salmon is more than… Continue Reading

Minnesota Shows How to Cook for a Crowd

This time last year, Minnesota public health officials found themselves in the path of a political tornado – a classic clash between government and religion. Thousands of church leaders and others around the state had been alerted that the state was imposing new health standards on church potlucks and bake sales – what became known… Continue Reading

Millions Still Like Their Burgers Pink

Despite repeated E. coli outbreaks linked to undercooked ground beef, millions of Americans continue to favor their burgers slightly pink inside. That’s the gist of a survey by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose results were published in the February edition of the Journal of Food Protection. Thousands of Americans have… Continue Reading

Tomatoes and Salmonella: An Ongoing Case Study

In the fall of 2006, health officials in Minnesota and Vermont reported multiple cases of Salmonella Typhimurium poisoning with matching genetic patterns.  Working with federal officials, they began looking for a source. A month later, their investigations had focused on fresh tomatoes, sliced and consumed in a variety of restaurants. And the tomatoes were, in… Continue Reading

Defying a Century of Epidemiology

In 1854, as a cholera epidemic killed hundreds in London, an English physician named John Snow was determined to find out how the disease was transmitted. Snow doubted the prevailing belief that disease was spread by breathing “bad air.” He noted that the disease was centered near a public water pump on Broad Street. The… Continue Reading

‘Bushmeat’ Carries Risky Microbes, Study Says

The U.S. is a major consumer of illegally imported African “bushmeat” and other wildlife products – and of the perilous microbial zoo that frequently accompanies those products. That’s the bottom line of a study published this week in the online journal PLoS ONE. Bushmeat describes meat parts from exotic African wildlife species, including baboons and… Continue Reading

HACCP Credited for Reducing Salmonella Cases from Chicken

Federally imposed processing safeguards prevented an estimated 190,000 cases of Salmonella poisoning from broiler chickens in the late 1990s, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The statistical study compared food-poisoning data in the years before and after imposition of the sometimes-controversial Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) program in the… Continue Reading