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Dr. Richard Raymond

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


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?


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

Single Food Agency a Recipe for Singular Disaster?

Food Safety News Editor Dan Flynn reported on Jan. 14, 2012 that if Congress gives the Obama Administration the authority to consolidate six agencies that deal with international trade into one agency, bringing together the two major food safety agencies into one would follow. This possible move is not totally unexpected from this Administration, nor… Continue Reading

Changing Public Health’s Approach to Non-O157 STECs

September 13, 2011, will go down in the history of food safety as a very significant day. It will be remembered by many as the day that Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the USDA and its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  moved forward with the rule-making process… Continue Reading

There Ought to Be a Milk Law

To protect kids from their parents


America is seeing more and more outbreaks and illnesses from people drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. This phenomena has been on the rise over the last 15 years or so. This documented increase is most likely because of PulseNet, the relatively new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tool, introduced in 1996, that now allows us to… Continue Reading