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Dr. Richard Raymond

Letter from The Editor: The shameful vacancy at USDA


For those marking time, waiting for a new USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, today is something of an anniversary. It was four years ago today that Dr. Elisabeth Hagen stepped down from the post. The top food safety job in the federal government remains vacant. Neither President Barack Obama nor President Donald Trump has… Continue Reading

Moving Codex out of FSIS will boost trade, not food safety


Editor’s note: This guest opinion column by Dr. Richard Raymond was originally publish on MeatingPlace.com and is republished here with permission.  The U.S. Codex Office is moving from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to USDA’s Trade and Foreign Affairs Office and that may not be such a good thing. The Codex Alimentarius, aka… Continue Reading

FDA faces appeal for failing to reveal retailers in papaya outbreak

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants the Food and Drug Administration to release the names and locations of supermarkets and other retailers who sold papayas now subject to a nationwide recall because of a Salmonella outbreak. But FDA won’t do it, even though another federal food safety agency routinely makes such… Continue Reading

Food safety expertise could trump ho-hum ag appointment

One of the nation’s past top food safety officials might be named Secretary of Agriculture by President-elect Donald J. Trump. Cuban-born Texan Professor Elsa Murano, who served as U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004, is a late edition to a list… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Ban Deoxyribonucleic Acid and Dihydrogen Monoxide?


The former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety, Dr. Richard Raymond, lives just down the road a piece. He’s always good for pointing out something we’ve missed, or setting us straight, or both. He recently called out the latest Food Demand Survey conducted by Food and Agriculture Economist Jayson Lusk at Oklahoma State University. As a… Continue Reading

Superbugs and Other Nonsense


In a recent Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” CR stated, “our tests reveal that superbugs can be found in about half of the chicken we tested.” Consumer Reports is claiming that a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics is a “superbug,” but nothing could be further from the truth… Continue Reading

Animal Ag Group Wants to Talk Antibiotic Resistance

In both 2011 and 2012, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture held symposia on antibiotic use in food animals that may have calmed the industry but did little to dial back the movement to strictly regulate animal drug use. For 2013, they are taking a new tack by inviting their critics to join them in… Continue Reading

Humane Society Getting Its Way on “Downed” Veal Calves

For most of the past decade, “downer” cattle were kept out of the food supply because of concern that most were older cows, which are thought to be more susceptible to disease, especially Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease. That policy is spelled out in Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Notice 56.07, the… Continue Reading