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Publisher’s Platform: Change of heart on Trade Secrets, or a Random Act of Transparency?

Two weeks ago, the FDA published the “FDA Update on Traceback Related to the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce.”  The diagram entitled “Redacted draft traceback diagram for FDA investigation of multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma growing region,” told the public that the outbreak, which… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: FDA continues its role as Chicken Little

Opinion

After 25 years doing food litigation, I am seldom surprised by the announcement of a foodborne illness outbreak. It was no different last Friday when Indiana announced a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cut fruit — mainly melons sold at large retailers in several states. Over the years, people in government or in various parts of the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why I love Doc Raymond – and Transparency

Opinion

Tomorrow the CDC will update the Romaine E. coli outbreak and probably say that it is “over” (last time it updated was May 16th). The numbers will also likely jump from 172 to 200 and the death toll will rise too (this is all too similar to the 2006 E. coli spinach outbreak that was supposed… Continue Reading

Point: FDA says no immediate risk, no immediate answers

Opinion

Editor’s note: FDA’s Scott Gottlieb and Stephen Ostroff posted this joint blog under the title “FDA Update on Traceback Related to the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce” from their vantage points as FDA commissioner and FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, respectively. For a different view on this topic, please see “Counterpoint:… Continue Reading

Counterpoint: FDA traceback procedures show chokepoints

Opinion

Editor’s note: For a different view on this topic, please see a joint post by Scott Gottlieb and Stephen Ostroff from their vantage points as FDA commissioner and FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, respectively. We are in the unique position to know many, but not all, of the “points of sale” – restaurants and grocery… Continue Reading

Egg farmers not defined by bad actors; industry is safe, clean

Opinion

Today’s opinion article (May 26, 2018) by Roy Costa RS, MS, entitled “Rose Acres Farms: Another Bad Actor, or a Deeper Problem” deserves a rebuttal from the nation’s egg farmers. Costa served as an expert witness for Marler Clark LLP when the 2010 Quality Egg Salmonella enteritidis outbreak occurred. Egg farmers today are providing a… Continue Reading

The meat of the matter

Opinion

So far not even one ounce of clean meat — real meat grown from animal cells rather than animal slaughter — has been sold in the United States, yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture is already getting an earful about the future food. It’s perhaps not surprising that some in the conventional animal agriculture industry feel threatened… Continue Reading