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Food Safety in Numbers

Opinion

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(This article by Advik Shreekumar was published Jan. 6, 2015, by the Harvard Political Review and is reposted here with permission.) On March 23, 2013, the civic organization Smart Chicago launched an ambitious program to enhance the city’s food-safety efforts. Using a mix of statistical techniques and computer science, Foodborne Chicago searches Twitter for complaints… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Maid-Rite Primary Survivors

Opinion

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Reggie Love, the former walk-on basketball player at Duke University who went on to become team captain, is out with a new book Feb. 3 called “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” that relates some of his experiences as President Obama’s long-time traveling companion and “body man.” I did not have an opportunity to read the book… Continue Reading

The Long-Term Effects of Foodborne Illness Can Change Your Life

Opinion

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(This article by Karen Fifield, a food-safety educator with Michigan State University Extension, was published here on Jan. 5, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) Most of the time we think of food poisoning as stomach cramps and maybe vomiting and diarrhea. Rarely do we hear or see the long-term effects it can have on… Continue Reading

Is Foodborne Illness on the Rise?

Opinion

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(This article by Baylen J. Linnekin was published here on Jan. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission. He is executive director of the Keep Food Legal Foundation and an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School, where he teaches Food Law & Policy.) The past few weeks have seen what may be an… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Food Safety Regulation

Opinion

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Whether it’s irony or just fortunate timing, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with its new package of regulations, is coming to life just as bipartisan majorities in Congress appear to be getting serious about putting a bridle on a runaway bureaucracy. On Jan. 15, 2015, Lydia Zuraw, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Food Safety News, reported that… Continue Reading

Animal-Welfare Audits: A Strategic Move for Meat Processors

Opinion

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With today’s average consumer three to four generations removed from the farm or ranch, resulting market forces regarding animal care move the burden of proof downstream from the producer to the meat-processing plant. The requirement to implement internal policies that document and audit commercial practices with regard to animal welfare now resides with plant operators…. Continue Reading

Pet Food Safety Study is Not Junk Science

Opinion

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It is sad to report that the credibility of our results has been attacked. And by someone who knows nothing of the two scientists who oversaw the testing for us. There were no questions asked prior – just bashing. Makes one wonder. Phyllis Entis is probably known to many readers here — she was known… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: American Ingenuity & Antibiotic Resistance

Opinion

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The parents of foodborne illness victims often tell us they felt their hearts skip a beat when doctors first told them that their child’s pathogen was resisting antibiotic treatment. We’ve learned that the earlier they know this, the better, and often there are alternatives that do work. But victims of foodborne illnesses are among the… Continue Reading

Portions of Pet Food Safety Study are the ‘Epitome of Junk Science’

Opinion

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On March 31, 2013, I announced that I was “moving on,” and I ended my daily posts on eFoodAlert. Since then, I have been concentrating on my creative writing projects. Nevertheless, I’ve continued to monitor food safety stories, muttering under my breath from time to time about the quality of some of the coverage. But I have… Continue Reading