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Letter From the Editor: Justice and Peanuts

Opinion

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Tomorrow is the beginning of another chapter in the South’s history of justice and peanuts. It is the start of the trial of former Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) executive Stewart Parnell. The fitting background for the event will be the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse in Albany, GA. C.B. King was once the only African-American attorney… Continue Reading

Could Funding Cuts to Food Safety Programs Make You Sick?

Opinion

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(This blog post by Michelle Forman was published July 23, 2014, at APHL’s LabLog and is reposted here with permission.) When public health works, no one sees it. That’s a common adage at APHL and is most frequently used when referring to the gross lack of — and ever-plummeting — funding for valuable public health programs…. Continue Reading

Process and Substance in Third-Party Food Safety Audits

Opinion

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As the result of numerous national and international outbreaks of foodborne illness, food industries worldwide have come under increasing pressure to ensure that their products are safe, wholesome and meet government standards. FDA and USDA have the primary authority for our food supply nationally, while individual states typically regulate local food operations through state and… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Three Years Since People Died From Cantaloupe

Primus’ 'Scorched Earth' Litigation Strategy Will Change Audit Industry, Retailer Responsibility Next

Opinion

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It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: School Lunch Dropouts

Opinion

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This past week probably saw the first-ever national political coverage of an annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, which went down in Boston. Most everybody knows SNA is the organization of about 55,000 who manage and direct the school lunch (and some breakfast) programs in as many as 100,000 U.S. schools. The reason this… Continue Reading

Low-Budget Poultry Inspection – Ready or Not

Opinion

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Now that FSIS is moving forward with the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule, it’s time that all stakeholders face the issues identified in recent months. Standardizing industry training and methods of carcass sorting, worker safety, changing the carcass-by-carcass law, and classifying Salmonella as an adulterant are issues that have not been properly addressed by… Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know About the U.S. Seafood Supply

Opinion

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(This article by Paul Greenberg was originally published July 8 by Civil Eats and is reposted here with permission.)  The United States seafood supply is a marvel to behold in its illogic. In spite of the fact that we control more ocean than any country on earth, more than 85 percent of the fish and shellfish… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Oyster Farm Going Out With Class

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Cartoonist George Russell calls California’s Kevin and Nancy Lunny “great fighters,” and there is no doubt about it. They’ve fought the warped bureaucracy of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service to the gates of the U.S. Supreme Court. Their lease for the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. at Point Reyes has now expired,… Continue Reading

China’s Food Safety Issues Worse Than You Thought

Opinion

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(Nancy Huehnergarth is a national food policy activist, journalist, coalition leader and president of Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting. Follow her on Twitter. A shorter version of this article first appeared in The Hill.) In April, I began an email correspondence with an American I’ll call Susan (she prefers to remain anonymous), who has lived in China for 15 years… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: ‘Craig Memo’ Neuters Freedom of Information Act

Opinion

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It was 48 years ago this Fourth of July weekend that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the original two-page Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). LBJ reportedly was reluctant about opening federal records to the public, but he nonetheless promoted it by saying this would be “the most transparent” administration in history. Just kidding… Continue Reading