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Publisher’s Platform: Please, put me out of business

Opinion

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From about 2011 though the summer of 2015 business was slower for The Food Safety Law Firm, which meant on average less people were sickened by the food they ate. For some time I thought the food industry was actually “Putting me out of Business.” However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its… Continue Reading

Should the boost in funding for organic farming survive in the new administration?

Opinion

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And By Jay Lehr President Obama tripled the budget and staffing at the offices of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), only to see American organic acreage flatline during his tenure. The $9.1 million might seem like a rounding error for Washington D.C. But what 43 organic staffers actually did during Obama’s tenure will surprise… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Make America Barf Again

Opinion

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President Trump seems to be spending most weekends at his “Southern White House” golfing.  I wonder if he eats the food there or heads to the closest McDonald’s or KFC?  Or, perhaps he will start using Steve Bannon as a food tester? Jose Lambiet, the Miami Herald’s gossip columnist reported that the food at Mar-a-Lago… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

Opinion

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ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading

A Day in the Life of an Inspector: Is that a dead goat?

Contributed

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I’ve been in the food service industry all of my life. As a child, I remember spending the warm summer days sitting on the front porch of my Grandma’s country store – a convenience store of yesteryear – in Harrisonville, PA. When I was a few years older, my parents owned a small grocery store… Continue Reading

A new era of food transparency with Wal-Mart center in China

Contributed

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Editor’s note: Depending on which hemisphere you are in while reading this column by Wal-Mart Vice President for Food Safety Frank Yiannas, the retailer’s new Food Safety Collaboration Center is opening today or tomorrow (March 29) in Beijing, China.  The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: ‘Ag-gag’ end game in hands of many

Opinion

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Funny thing about the federal courts. When enough of them get involved in an issue, they can end up showing how something can be done legally that previously was on shaky ground and subject to dispute when it all began. And we are not just talking about the Trump travel ban. Six years ago in… Continue Reading

Sustainable organics group urges support for soil-free growing

Opinion

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In advance of the National Organics Standards Board meeting in April, the board’s Crops Subcommittee shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers. This proposal, if enacted, will have far reaching and damaging effects on hundreds of producers, thousands of retailers and wholesalers and millions of consumers… Continue Reading

‘Filthy Food Bill’ draws fire from host of food safety advocates

Trump's Regulatory Accountability Act would create 'an unprecedented regulatory gauntlet'

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally published by the Environmental Working Group under the headline “No Rules? No Food Safety” and reflects the views of Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs. Below is a letter on the same topic, sent by several organizations — including EWG, the Consumers Union, the Center for Science in the… Continue Reading