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Beach Beat: Breitbart, WAPO on the same page with gross news

Opinion

From Breitbart News Network to The Washington Post, a story about Costco shopping carts and raw meat briefly captured the attention of media from right to left this week in a rare alignment. Actually, though, Costco is getting a raw deal. Only its shopping carts were involved, apparently without permission, but some people misunderstood a… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Taking a chance with raw milk? Don’t bet your kid

Virginia officials should have erred on the side of transparency during secret E. coli outbreak

Opinion

I’ve never been much for games of pure chance. They simply leave too much up to, well, chance. Where’s the fun or challenge in that? I prefer activities that involve logic and reason and strategy — like “Clue” or pinochle. Yah, yah, I know both of those involve an element of chance. There’s the luck… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Avocado hand and other summer food hazards

Opinion

I figure you haven’t properly celebrated a summer holiday unless you consume some potato salad and baked beans, but an increasing number of people are making guacamole a summertime tradition, and according to some doctors the trend is a dangerous one. In an odd moment in the world of food safety, the British Association of Plastic,… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

Opinion

ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Carnac the Magnificent tells all about Salmonella

Opinion

And now, Carnac the Magnificent will use his mystical powers to answer the riddle before hearing it: “An Aztec warrior, a couple of eggheads from Cornell and a middle schooler from Utah.” The question in the envelope has, of course, been hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls’ porch since noon today…. Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Daily Meal reveals 50 most powerful food people

Food safety attorney Bill Marler is No. 40 — He's higher on my list, but he is my publisher

Opinion

Most publishers in the news biz have a background in advertising. I was lucky enough in the previous century to work for one who came up on the news side of the industry. He was just as concerned about revenue as publishers who came from the ad side, but he understood money didn’t motivate people… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Sprout, sprout, let it all out — comment now

Opinion

Fresh, raw sprouts are among the most notorious of offenders in terms of foodborne illness outbreaks with almost 2,500 confirmed victims, including three deaths, in the past 20 years in the U.S. alone. Add in the 2011 E. coli outbreak in Europe — which sickened more than 3,900 people, killing 53 and leaving about 800… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Del Monte’s pretty in pink with OK for GMO

Opinion

You’ve gotta give it to those marketing magicians at Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. Back in the 1990s when they introduced the phrase “golden extra sweet pineapple” they stated the obvious with fabulous flair. I can’t help myself. I have to write down the entire phrase when drafting a shopping list. That brilliance will no… Continue Reading