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Sonny Perdue set to face Senate ag committee Thursday

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Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue will finally get his hearing tomorrow before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. President Trump nominated the former Georgia governor to serve as America’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture nine weeks ago. It is not clear why there’s been such a delay in getting the Committee hearing scheduled. The Senate… Continue Reading

More money for military defense means less for food defense

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This column includes information from an “Advocacy at a Glance” posting by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and analysis and commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the alliance, both republished here with permission. President Donald Trump is proposing shifting $54 billion from domestic to defense programs in fiscal year 2018,… Continue Reading

Trump’s well-done habits could bode well for food safety

Opinion

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump chowed down on a wide variety of foods for photo opportunities.

While it may appear safe to assume that President Trump will have no interest in these issues, determining his impact on the food safety agenda actually will require a nuanced effort. Notwithstanding the tweet complaining about the so-called “food police” and a leaked phone conversation about imposing stricter food safety standards for trade purposes, President… Continue Reading

Trump sheds little light on food safety plans; names advisers

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Even though President Donald Trump did not mention food safety in his first speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, one observer with a finely tuned food safety focus says the new commander-in-chief might be heading in a good direction. With the announcement Monday that Ray Starling will be part of the… Continue Reading

Raw milk producer appeals cease and desist order today

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Today, Ottawa area farmer Michael IIgert is scheduled to ask for removal of a cease and desist order that prevents him from selling or distributing milk that has not been pasteurized. A hearing is set for this morning in Ontario before the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. The cease and desist order, issued in December 2016, came… Continue Reading

The intersection of science and safety: NY testing pays off

Dairy microbiology is just one of the specialty areas covered by staff at the New York Food Laboratory.

The work of 43 people in New York led to more than 300 recalls and the removal of contaminated food from countless store shelves across the country in 2016, preventing illnesses and protecting the public. Those 43 people — microbiologists, chemists and support staff at the New York State Food Laboratory — were crucial to the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Trump orders his burgers well done

What will the president's views be on food safety for the rest of us?

Opinion

John Greeley, executive chef at 21 from 2006 through 2013, cooked up a variety of foods in addition to the iconic "21 Burger" during his tenure at the New York hot spot.

Bloomberg posted a piece on “How Donald Trump Orders (and Tips) at His Favorite Restaurant” about the 21 Club, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the report: The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the… Continue Reading

Errington cheese back on sale despite Scottish warning, death

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One of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd.  products returned to the market earlier this week against the wishes of the country’s top food safety agency. Sales of the Errington cheeses were banned in September because of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened 26 people and caused the death of a three-year-old child. After getting the… Continue Reading

Raw milk bill part of package to boost farm and ranch income

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The bill to make the direct sale of raw milk legal in Montana is part of a package to boost farm and ranch incomes in the Big Sky State. The package includes cottage food legislation along with an agri-tourism section in addition to allowing milk to be sold without the benefit of pasteurization. All three topics are… Continue Reading

Virginia Senate prefers state, not FDA, to inspect produce farms

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If your business was subject to an unannounced, warrantless inspection, would you rather it be state or federal officials knocking on your door? That very question is being raised in Virginia for about 400 farms that produce more than $25,000 in annual income from fresh fruits and vegetables. Those farms are subject to the rules and regulations of the… Continue Reading