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Dr. Richard Raymond

Dr. Richard Raymond

Dr. Richard Raymond is the former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2005-2008) who works as a food safety and public health consultant. He is an editor for two food safety blogs, Meatingplace.com and Feedstuffs Foodlink. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School with distinction and had longtime family practices in Nebraska, where he also served as that state’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Raymond and his wife now live in Colorado; he is the proud grandfather of two “wonderful grandkids.”

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What is a Downer Calf?

Opinion

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What is a downer calf? I will try and answer that question, and, in so doing, hope to better inform the 72 members of Congress who signed a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging him to prohibit the “slaughtering of non-ambulatory disabled calves (known as ‘downers’).” I will explain in… Continue Reading

Farm Bill 2014: FSIS Inspection Must Satisfy FDA Requirements?

Opinion

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I am betting your response to the headline was the same as when I read the news: HUH? The proposed Farm Bill has finally gathered the bicameral and bipartisan support of a conference committee. Food Safety News recently reported that the Farm Bill would require that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection… Continue Reading

Superbugs and Other Nonsense

Opinion

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In a recent Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” CR stated, “our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested.” Consumer Reports is claiming that a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics is a “superbug,” but nothing could be further from the truth… Continue Reading

Advances in Animal Agriculture Help to Feed the World

Opinion

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James Andrews recently had a very well-written piece on Food Safety News covering the press conference held by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CFL) regarding the Pew Commission report written five years ago. It was well-written and well-researched, but that does not mean I agree with all the comments made. The CFL… Continue Reading

The Cull Cow Quandry

Opinion

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Some of the most disgusting images of modern agriculture being presented to the American public are those of old cull cows being inhumanely treated and mishandled by workers in the slaughter house pens. The Humane Society of the United States, PETA and other organizations that want us to stop slaughtering animals for human consumption keep… Continue Reading

Antibiotics and Animals Raised for Food: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Opinion

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From what I have been reading lately, it appears to me that the next big fight over agriculture’s ability to provide consumers with plentiful, safe and affordable meat and poultry products will focus on the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food. And it also appears to me that the information being provided through… Continue Reading

Central Valley Meat Company: USDA Did its Job, OK?

Opinion

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On August 19, 2012, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ordered its inspection staff at Central Valley Meat (CVM) to go home. Because the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) of 1906 requires inspection by USDA to be continuous during slaughter of cattle, this USDA action essentially shuttered the plant for the time being. This action… Continue Reading

Is AMI’s Hodges Slinging Mud in the Name of Science?

This commentary was contributed jointly by John Munsell and Dr. Richard Raymond. Last week, James H. Hodges, Executive Vice-President at the American Meat Institute (AMI), ostensibly penned an opinion piece for Food Safety News titled “Wrestling  With the Science of STEC”. You can read it here.  But in case you are not inclined to go… Continue Reading

A Budget Neutral, Better Way to Boost Food Safety

Food Safety News, citing the Hagstrom Report newsletter, said on Jan. 14 that the Obama Administration may be considering a plan to merge the functions of food safety as currently performed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… Continue Reading