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USDA, Salmonella, and the Cowardly Lion: A Profile in the Lack of Courage

Opinion

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Dorothy: “Don’t you know the Wizard’s going to give you some courage?” Cowardly Lion: “I’d be too scared to ask him for it.” In an article that will soon be published in the Seattle Law Review, I take a look at food safety through the lens of the “pink slime” controversy and question whether the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Know Any Good Karaoke Bars?

Opinion

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One of my favorite movies is “Duets” in which character actor Paul Giamatti plays a burned-out salesman who gets mentally confused about his location. When you are traveling about the country a lot and  stopping only for the chain hotels and restaurants, I know this can happen. Thankfully, I don’t have to travel as much… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports: Tests Find 60 Percent of Frozen Shrimp Contaminated With Bacteria

Raw, wild-caught shrimp from U.S., Argentina had lowest bacteria levels of all samples tested

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A new Consumer Reports (CR) study released Friday found that 60 percent of 342 samples of frozen shrimp it tested contained Salmonella, Vibrio, Listeria, or E. coli, and 2 percent tested positive for the superbug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). For its new report, “How Safe is Your Shrimp?,” CR researchers bought 284 raw and 58 cooked… Continue Reading

FDA Kicks Off the ‘Year of the Food Safety Modernization Act’

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In front of hundreds of food industry and trade association representatives in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented its unified plan to roll out and implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed by President Obama in January 2011, FSMA will bring about the most sweeping changes to the U.S. food… Continue Reading

Coming USDA Catfish Inspections Raise Question: Could Shrimp Be Next?

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If food safety put catfish under USDA inspection, can shrimp be far behind? That question is coming into focus this week after one of USDA’s top two food safety officials told a gathering of food policy wonks on Tuesday that the final rule for the agency’s takeover of catfish inspections is coming “a little into… Continue Reading

A Look Back at Food Safety During Obama’s First Six Years

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Since the Obama administration took over the executive branch more than six years ago, foodborne illnesses from meat, poultry and eggs — products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — has been falling. In fact, just from fiscal year 2013 to 2014, illnesses from meat and poultry has fallen by 10 percent, according to… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues

Q&A session at National Food Policy Conference

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At the risk of sounding naive, Michael Taylor said Tuesday that he’s still feeling “great” about the progress made on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taylor knew he was in front of a tough audience since he said it during a question-and-answer session with a… Continue Reading

EPA May Recommend Testing Food Products for Common Herbicide

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According to a media report on Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering recommending that the federal government sample food products for glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the world and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. “Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future,” the… Continue Reading

Grandmother of E. Coli Victim Backs Oregon Bill to Require Earlier Testing

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The grandmother of a 4-year-old Oregon girl who died last September after testing positive for an E. coli infection is advocating legislation to require testing of children for the pathogen after four consecutive days of specific symptoms. Sherri Profitt of Otis, OR, told KATU-TV that her granddaughter, Serena Profitt, should have been tested for E. coli much sooner than… Continue Reading

Food Safety Concerns Divide Pot Growers From Consumers

Colorado bill would require medical marijuana testing

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With tax revenue down 42 percent from the governor’s early rosy projections — just $68 million, down from the projected first-year tally of $118 million — and difficulties making marijuana edibles easily identifiable, the “Colorado model” for legally selling pot has hit some rough road. Those who grow and sell pot were pretty much on… Continue Reading