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Letter From the Editor: A Case Best Not Left to a Jury

Opinion

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In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Judge Mark W. Bennett’s courtroom is on the third floor of the federal building dedicated Dec. 29, 1933, and, at the time, called Uncle Sam’s gift to Sioux City. The building is said to be ”a skillful blend of the Stripped Classical and Art… Continue Reading

What’s In Your Food? A Look at Food Fraud

Opinion

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Olive oil, fish, honey, milk, and fruit juices are common, everyday foods found in most people’s kitchens. However, these common foods may not contain the food ingredients you think. The honey in your pantry may contain antibiotics, chemicals and added sweeteners. The salmon in your refrigerator may not even be salmon, but instead may be… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Time to Call Your Members of Congress

Opinion

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One of the surprises of my life is how much of my time has been spent on various regulatory systems. I fondly remember all my political science professors on such topics as constitutional law, state and local government, federalism, and even Marxism taught by the department commie (I told him to hold the Karl but… Continue Reading

FSMA Empowers FDA to Capture Food Safety’s ‘Great White Whale’ — GRAS

Opinion

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For most consumers, it may come as a surprise to learn that many of the foods available at their local grocery store contain ingredients that have neither been evaluated nor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This stunning radio silence from our nation’s foremost food safety regulatory agency is the result of… Continue Reading

Seafood Safety 101: Vibrio in Shellfish

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(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education based at NC State, is the fifth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization celebrated World Health Day, focusing this year on food safety. The first article in the series can be found here, the second… Continue Reading

Poultry Industry Misleads the Public About the Humaneness of Slaughter 

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People are often shocked to learn how little government oversight exists surrounding the way animals are slaughtered in the United States. There are only about 148 (full-time equivalent) humane slaughter inspectors for the 148 million cows, pigs and sheep slaughtered every year at federally inspected establishments, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: The DeCosters Should Go to Jail

Opinion

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In a week, Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, will both face possible jail sentences stemming from a Salmonella outbreak caused by their Iowa egg farms in 2010. The Salmonella outbreak ran from May 1 to Nov. 30, 2010, and prompted the recall of more than a half-billion shell eggs, the largest recall of… Continue Reading

When a Norovirus Expert Got Norovirus

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(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education, based at NC State, is the fourth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first article in the series can… Continue Reading

Enjoy a Food-Safe Easter With These Simple Guidelines

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Springtime, egg hunts, candy, bunnies and delicious family meals. These festive events are the hallmarks of Easter and, with a few tips from STOP Foodborne Illness, those celebrating this year can be assured of a safe and happy holiday. “It is important to take precautions with eggs and other perishable foods to avoid foodborne illness,”… Continue Reading