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EPA Asked to Halt Pesticide Use on Apples Until New Safety Studies are Done


The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt use of a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples to limit storage damage until EPA has done further safety studies. EWG’s president, Ken Cook, wrote EPA on Thursday asking that the agency launch a new investigation to determine… Continue Reading

Experts Debate Whether Food Safety Funding is Adequate


At the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., this week, a panel of experts discussed the impact of funding deficits on food programs. Martin Delgado, staff director of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for six years, spoke about how sequestration – the automatic across-the-board budget cuts in effect for most of 2013 – impacted the… Continue Reading

Judge Gives Prosecutors Last Word In Duel Over Stewart Parnell’s Expert Witness


U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands said Tuesday that government attorneys may file an additional three pages of arguments to correct a possible misstatement of law by Stewart Parnell’s defense attorneys. Parnell is the former Peanut Corporation of America executive scheduled to go on trial later this summer with three of his former managers… Continue Reading

An Earth Day Suggestion to Protect our Planet, Farmworkers and Families



(This was published April 22, 2014, on The Hill’s Congress blog and is reposted here with permission of the author.) Each Earth Day, we are inundated by advertising and other pronouncements with ways to help protect our planet. But one step – curbing the use of toxic and harmful pesticides in agriculture – would help… Continue Reading

Update: More Than 100 Illnesses Reported After Food Safety Summit


The Baltimore City Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have received more than 100 reports of illness after the Food Safety Summit held April 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. According to an update sent out Tuesday morning to the approximately 1,300 FSS attendees, most of the illnesses reported relate… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Pesticides, Mycotoxins, Adulterated Dietary Ingredients


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published nine warning letters it issued to two dairies, a vegetable farm, an orchard, a bakery, a sunflower-seed manufacturing plant, a seafood facility and two dietary supplement manufacturers. Doughty Valley Holsteins of Millersburg, OH, and North Florida Holsteins of Bell, FL, received warning letters after selling a calf… Continue Reading

Report: Organic Industry Achieved 25 Years of Fast Growth Through Fear and Deception


A 3,400-percent increase in sales in 24 years makes organic the fastest-growing consumer food and lifestyle trend in modern history, say independent researchers looking into the industry’s strategies and marketing practices. What they’ve found, though, isn’t pretty. Those robust sales, they say, were built on the backs of American taxpayers with deceptive practices involving the… Continue Reading

Controversy Continues Over Listing Evaporated Cane Juice on Ingredient Labels


Recent action by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may smooth the path for food manufacturers to continue to declare sweeteners derived from cane syrup (such as sugar) as “Evaporated Cane Juice” (ECJ) on food labels, at least for the foreseeable future. Last month, FDA announced that it was reopening comments for 60 days on… Continue Reading

Government Wants to Keep Argument Going Over Parnell’s Expert Witness


Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially where it comes into play in a federal criminal case. A new dispute has erupted between government and defense lawyers in the pre-trial proceedings involving former Peanut Corporation of America chief executive Stewart Parnell’s all-over knowledge. Government prosecutors say Parnell’s defense attorneys have misstated the law regarding whether knowledge… Continue Reading