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Food Safety Regulations Will Change Industry, Brackett Says

Opinion

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(This article by Tom Karst, national editor of The Packer, was first published Aug. 26, 2014, and is reposted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration’s new food safety regulations aren’t the only changes facing fresh produce marketers, but the coming rules likely will be the most far-reaching, Robert Brackett believes. In a… Continue Reading

Critic of Organic Agriculture Lacks Credibility

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Recently, Mr. Mischa Popoff wrote an op-ed for Food Safety News critical of the organic movement. Popoff is a former Canadian organic certification inspection contractor, the author of a self-published book critical of organics, and a commentator affiliated with ultra-conservative think tanks in the U.S. that are funded by agrochemical interests. The article below, entitled, “Who is Mischa Popoff?,”… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Four of the PCA Trial

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How should we read the tea leaves in the latest order from U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands about an issue that might impact the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives? We’ve been using this Sunday space to comment during the course of the federal trial on how things… Continue Reading

Putting Science on the Table

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I’m heartened by the fact that so many people are finally talking about food and nutrition security. There is increasingly widespread recognition that our growing population, increasingly volatile weather conditions, limited natural resources, and many other factors are straining our food and agricultural systems and will undoubtedly further complicate the significant challenge of achieving food and… Continue Reading

Hidden Contamination at Checkout: Grocery Conveyor Belts

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Few places are dirtier than the checkstand conveyor belts at your local supermarket. Going round and round, year after year, conveyor belts may look clean, but they are actually a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria. Shoppers place billions of products on these contaminated belts, exposing foods — and families — to potentially harmful pathogens. For… Continue Reading

Developing a Food Recall Plan is Important to any Food Processor’s Business

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(This article by Frank Gublo of Michigan State University Extension and Paige Filice of MSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was first posted July 28, 2014, on the MSU Extension site and is reposted here with permission.) Food processors should have processes in place, such as a HACCP plan and a recall plan, to evaluate products and the management… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Three of the PCA Trial

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Shortly after I relocated to Colorado for sunshine and dry snow a decade ago, I found myself swept up for jury duty. When it came time for “we, the jury” to decide whether or not the defendant was guilty as charged on several state felony counts, the court gave us “cheat sheets” to guide our… Continue Reading

FSIS Enhances Food Safety Protections for Ground Beef

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(This Aug. 14, 2014, blog post by Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is reposted here with permission.) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef… Continue Reading

Death Threats From Anti-GMO Nuts

Opinion

(This article was originally published Aug. 5, 2014, by The American Spectator and is reposted here with permission.) When all else fails, revolutionaries, being revolutionaries, turn to violence. A new “Monsanto Collaborators” website created by millionaire organic activist Mike “the Health Ranger” Adams charges that hundreds of thousands of deaths have been caused by GMO… Continue Reading