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Poultry industry sustainability workshop excludes everyone who matters to sustainability

Opinion

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This week, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the National Chicken Council, and the National Turkey Federation, will host a U.S. Poultry Industry Sustainability Workshop on May 24-25 in Atlanta. Invited attendees included key poultry integrators, retailers, food service companies and restaurants. They have shut the doors, however, to any groups advocating to create sustainable… Continue Reading

Beacon Hill halfway to allowing raw milk dairies to make home deliveries

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After the battles of Lexington and Concord, the patriot colonials adopted unconventional tactics to frontal attacks on the British Army regulars in and about Boston. Massachusetts raw milk advocates appear to be taking some lessons from those colonial days as they approach the current legislature meeting on Boston’s Beacon Hill. They’ve used a bill to… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The New Normal

Opinion

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Not so long ago, errant food industry managers and executives did not have to worry about going to jail. But they do now. The government once did not have any intentions, plans or strategies for obtaining convictions of food industry managers and executives. But they do now. Before 2010, a corporation with contaminated food that… Continue Reading

Legislation to revise school lunch program passes House committee

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Controversial federal legislation to limit funding for subsidized school lunches and change some of the program’s nutritional standards passed a House committee on a 20-14 vote May 18, and the proposal is being hammered by critics who believe it would endanger the health of American school children. The bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), said that his… Continue Reading

Review finds LGMA compares favorably with FDA produce rule

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An expert panel has found that the best practices guidelines already followed by California and Arizona growers compares favorably with the new Produce Safety Rule now finalized under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). All four reviewers on the panel say that the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA’s) food safety guidelines provide the same kind… Continue Reading

Scientists tell Congress genetically engineered food is safe

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The first genetically modified food to hit the market 22 years ago was a tomato that did not win any taste tests. But it did pass the food safety test, and genetically engineered food has ever since turned out to be as safe as any other. Now in 400-page report released Tuesday, the prestigious National… Continue Reading

Food safety initiative puts farmworkers front and center

This green label can only be used on produce from suppliers who are certified by the Equitable Food Initiative, which works to improve the safety of fresh product while ensuring farmworkers' are in the loop as well as on the front lines in the war against pathogens.

When the topic is food safety, the first things that might come to mind for many are the farmers growing the food, the stores selling the food, and even the public health scientists who are testing the food to make sure it doesn’t contain any pathogens that could make us sick — or even kill… Continue Reading

Congresswoman wants FDA to shut down Dole salad plant

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The senior Democrat on the U.S. House committee that oversees funding for the Food and Drug Administration wants the agency to shut down the Dole salad facility that is under investigation for a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The outbreak spans the U.S. and Canada, was ongoing from May 2015 through spring this year and sickened… Continue Reading

Food safety continues to be under the budget knife in Alaska

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Alaska’s food safety budgets are taking more cuts as the state tries to close a $4 billion budget deficit caused by low oil prices. Another proposed cut of $268,000 is going to mean fewer restaurant inspections and reduced surveillance for food borne diseases. The further reduction in spending comes after last year’s $624,000 funding cut… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Exchange with CDC shows Chipotle still in denial

Opinion

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You cannot make this stuff up. Chipotle Mexican Grill just keeps on giving. The Denver burrito chain was much in the news in the last half of 2015 with its back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back outbreaks involving one pathogen or another, sickening its customers and closing stores by the cluster. Not much was left of Chipotle’s “food with integrity”… Continue Reading