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

Opinion

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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

Opinion

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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

Opinion

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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

A Victory for Activism: Worker Safety and Line Speed

Opinion

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The Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection final rule moved forward like a dog digging under a fence. While concerned activist groups certainly have issues yet to be resolved, there is a huge victory for plant workers’ and consumers’ safety within the final version of the rule. Line speed. I have said all along that line… Continue Reading

USDA Misleads About New Poultry Testing Requirements

Opinion

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U.S. Department of Agriculture statements and subsequent news reports have given the impression that, under the USDA’s new poultry inspection program announced last week, poultry plants will be required to test for Salmonella and Campylobacter. That is simply not true. It is true that, under the final rule, USDA will require poultry plants to test… Continue Reading

Recent Lapses in Global Food Safety Worry North American Consumers

Opinion

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Stomachs in China have been turning after a recent food scandal at the processing plant of a major supplier of Chinese fast-food restaurants. A Chinese investigative television program exposed the conditions at a U.S.-owned meat processor that supplies major brands such as McDonald’s and KFC. The exposé showed workers at the processing plant picking up… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week One of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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After setting the scene last week for the criminal trial of three former executives of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), I am beginning a series of weekly comments as the event goes forward. These are not meant to be hard opinion pieces, just some analysis and commentary offered as the products of close… Continue Reading

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