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One year later, White House still sitting on organic aquaculture standards


The folks who write POLITICO’S Agriculture Tip Sheet were celebrating an anniversary Tuesday. Not their own, but the one-year anniversary of USDA’s proposed organic aquaculture standards being hung up in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House. What POLITICO calls “the first ever standards for cultivation and production of organic fish and… Continue Reading

Reconfiguring supply chains can reduce waste, increase safety


Could reducing food waste boil down to a simple equation? Software companies are developing programs that help food processors and retailers reduce waste by measuring company data more effectively. The scope of the problem is clear: Americans toss out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year. This past fall, the U. S.Department of Agriculture… 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

Meat substitutes: Safer and just as tasty as the real thing?

Women with veggie burger

Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served. The “Soul Bowl,” a mélange of beans, rice and veggies, had what looked and tasted like… Continue Reading

Do the math: Manage food waste with measurements


Reducing food waste could boil down to a mathematical equation as software developers decipher details to help food producers, retailers and foodservice operators solve the problem with data. The scope of the problem is clear, with Americans tossing out the equivalent of $165 billion in food every year, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say


Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

Study: Salmonella Infections Rise With Extreme Weather Events


New research has shown that climate change may be causing more than just an increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms. Those events also seem to be bringing a heightened risk of Salmonella outbreaks with them. The rates of people sickened by Salmonella rises each time their area experiences an extreme… Continue Reading

Oceana Study: 38 Percent of Supposed Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes are Fraudulent


The Chesapeake Bay’s iconic blue crab is said to carry a distinctly fresh taste that’s prized by locals and tourists alike. But the crab cakes sold as authentically local at some restaurants in the Chesapeake region might actually be fraudulent crab shipped from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new study by Oceana… Continue Reading

Presidential Task Force Releases Seafood Fraud Final Action Plan


The Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud has released its final action plan for implementing the 15 recommendations issued in December. The plan, unveiled Sunday at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, includes measures to create and expand domestic partnerships to detect black market fishing and seafood fraud,… Continue Reading

New Food Safety Protocols Published for Reusable Grocery Containers


Reusable plastic containers used to transport fruits and vegetables have proliferated across the grocery industry in recent years despite recent warnings from university research studies suggesting the containers may harbor and spread harmful pathogens over time. Responding to critics, the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has issued comprehensive, science-based protocols for the use of grocery containers for produce, while at… Continue Reading