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Tracking Seafood From Bait to Plate

Opinion

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(This article by Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy at the Center for American Progress, was first posted here on March 23, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) “Is this local?” This question, posed by consumers in restaurants and food markets across the country, has become a ubiquitous catchphrase. It even served as the subject… Continue Reading

Open Letter About the Need for Food Lawyers

Opinion

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I want to fix food. Right now, there is no way for me to fix food with my law degree. Most food interests are funneled to environmental law or legal aid organizations. Environmental lawyers fight agencies, and legal aid lawyers (on behalf of farm workers) fight farmers. A food fix will not happen without agencies… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: No ‘Ag-Gag’ in Wyoming

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“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” — Abraham Maslow, American psychologist, 1962 The woman who taught this ink-stained journalist how to excel in public affairs for about 20 years taught me about the parade. It’s really a simple… Continue Reading

The Importance of Food Traceability

Opinion

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(This article was originally published in Food Safety Magazine on March 17, 2015, and is reposted here with permission.) So what is driving all the discussion about food traceability? And why is traceability suddenly so important? Traceability is most relevant when it comes to public health. Whether we are talking about food safety or food defense,… Continue Reading

The Packinghouse: Safety and Uses of Process-Water

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(This is Part 1B of a five-part series on produce safety by Roy E. Costa, R.S., M.S., a registered professional sanitarian and founder/owner of Environ Health Associates Inc. Part 1A was posted here on Feb. 25, 2015, and the series introduction was posted here on Feb. 10, 2015.) Packinghouse operations use process-water to cool and clean… Continue Reading

The Future is Now for the Food Safety Modernization Act

Opinion

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We all knew FSMA was a big deal when Congress passed it a little over four years ago. After a decade of illness outbreaks, import safety problems, and market disruptions that shook consumer confidence and imposed billions of dollars in costs on the food system, Congress mandated a paradigm shift to prevention — to establishing a… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: When Does Food Expire?

Opinion

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Here, where the mountains meet the plains at a junction called the Front Range, you are likely to hear conversations about storage food. I recently learned that my mother’s canning stored in the basement or storm cellar is now viewed as a sort of champagne level for storage food. Now, it more typically comes in… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Reasonable Proposal for Safer Meat

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has once again proposed a law that would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the ability that it does not believe it already has to recall meat tainted with the pathogenic Salmonella bacteria. The law, in essence, would prompt FSIS to label Salmonella for… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Fourth-Deadliest Outbreak in U.S. History

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When the news broke last month that a settlement was reached involving 66 victims of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe, I remember thinking that I needed to go back and make sure that the official Food Safety News list of the 10 most deadly outbreaks of foodborne and waterborne illnesses in the U.S…. Continue Reading