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Letter From the Editor: Time to Name Next Star as Under Secretary for Food Safety



Brian Ronholm is currently the acting under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before going over to USDA, Ronholm was an appropriations staffer for liberal Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). DeLauro, who fires critical press releases at food regulators like my fourth-grade class did with spitballs, certainly has not held back on… Continue Reading

A Look Back at Food Safety in Obama’s First Term


Today the United States celebrates its 57th presidential inauguration, kicking off President Barack Obama’s second term. Four years ago, a much younger-looking Obama was actually sworn into office amidst a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that would ultimately be linked to 700 illnesses and 9 deaths and lead to one of the largest product recalls in history…. Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: New Years Resolutions



I wrote a few imaginary New Year’s resolutions for some of our newsmakers that we haven’t gotten around to publishing until now. As the great Willie Nelson would say: “Funny how time slips away.” Truth be told, some of my colleagues thought I was being too harsh on the government this year. I don’t think… Continue Reading

Santa Claus Wants To Know: Who’s Been Naughty & Nice?


Editor’s Note: It’s time to put out the milk and cookies for Santa Claus and read the Food Safety News Naughty and Nice List for 2012. This is the fourth N&N list we’ve prepared. Our annual Naughty and Nice List along with our New Year’s Resolutions are among the traditions we’ve continued to observe as… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Fiscal Cliff Diving


As a boy growing up in the Midwest with rivers and lakes and the occasional hill, I always thought I was in the best place. Then came the Elvis Presley movie, “Fun in Acapulco.” The main set piece for this musical comedy was something that brought me endless fascination – a 136 foot cliff used… Continue Reading

Romney Ad Blames Obama for Closure of Restaurant with Health Violations


An ad by the Romney campaign airing in Virginia since last week blames President Obama’s economic policies on the closure of a barbecue restaurant chain known to have a history of health code violations, according to a ThinkProgress report. The ad, titled “Bill’s BBQ,” suggests that restaurant chain Bill’s Barbecue had to close its final… Continue Reading

Election Day: Another Look at Obama, Romney on Food Safety


Election day is finally here. At Food Safety News, we aren’t making any predictions about the outcome of the presidential election — with key swing states in flux and a statistical dead heat nationwide, we think it’s a tossup, with the president holding a slight advantage. But we did want to remind our readers that… Continue Reading

Pediatricians Ask White House to Move Forward on Stalled Food Safety Rules

Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote to the White House this week urging the release of key food safety rules — becoming the latest in a series of health, industry and consumer groups to call on the administration to get moving on implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. “As pediatricians, we are keenly… Continue Reading

Romney and Obama Take Questions on Food Policy

While food and agriculture policy often take a back seat during presidential elections, the United Fresh Produce Association got both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the record regarding some key food issues this week. The association on Thursday released both campaigns’ responses to its policy questionnaire, which focused on immigration, taxes, environmental regulations and… Continue Reading