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Critics Call White House Antibiotics Action Plan a ‘Missed Opportunity’ on Farms

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The White House released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Friday, but some critics say it doesn’t do enough to tackle antibiotic use on farms. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today. It causes tens of thousands of deaths and millions of illnesses every year —… Continue Reading

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

Rep. Slaughter Reintroduces Preservation of Antibiotics Legislation

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On Tuesday, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. “My legislation would save eight critical classes of antibiotics from being routinely fed to healthy animals and would reserve them only for sick humans and sick animals,” Slaughter… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Bill Requires Food Protection Certificates for School Lunch

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A school food safety bill in Wisconsin would treat lunch rooms like restaurants in that someone on staff would be required to obtain a food protection certificate before the facility could serve students. Assembly Bill (AB) 37 is awaiting action in the Wisconsin Senate after clearing the Assembly on a voice vote March 17. Rep…. Continue Reading

Witnesses Tell House Agriculture Committee GE Foods are Safe, Don’t Need Labels

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All six witnesses at Tuesday’s House Committee on Agriculture hearing argued against mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Most of their testimony praised the efficiency they believe GE crops provide to farmers and enumerated the costs they say labeling would inflict on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. But they also brought up the safety concerns surrounding GE food…. Continue Reading

Defendants Sentenced in UK Horse Meat Scandal

Judge notes suspicion of complicity

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The first prosecutions brought in England following Europe’s 2013 horse meat scandal ended with one defendant getting a fine and another a short and suspended prison sentence, but only for what they’ve admitted doing. A Dutch trial getting underway today could bring a different outcome. Southwark Crown Court Judge Alistair McCreath did provide a lecture along… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood HACCP, Drug Residues, CGMP Violations

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In its latest round of letters sent to food producers with alleged health and safety violations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doled out warnings to four seafood producers, two dairies, a vinaigrette producer, and a manufacturer of baked goods. Two seafood processors in Norway received warnings over problems related to their Hazard Analysis &… Continue Reading

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

Opinion

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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

Lawsuit Alleges High Arsenic Levels in Some California Wines

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A lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims that some California wines tested for inorganic arsenic contain higher-than-allowable levels. The complaint lists four individual plaintiffs and names as defendants Trader Joe’s, which sells some of the wines that were tested, and about two dozen California wineries, including some well-known names such as Beringer, Fetzer, and… Continue Reading