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Something fishy: FDA’s final advice on when to eat which fish

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The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others. The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public… Continue Reading

EPA nominee had little to do with ‘busload of lawyers’ case

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Oklahoma’s famous “busload of lawyers” case is back in the news because of president-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is Oklahoma’s Attorney General. Environmental groups are saying Pruitt did not pursue a pollution case against the Arkansas poultry industry because he received  $40,000 in campaign… Continue Reading

Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy

NEWS ANALYSIS

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When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the time for that game has passed. The past three presidents all named their ag bosses by the end of the… Continue Reading

Pesticide data report starts new debate cycle on fresh produce

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It’s the silver anniversary for the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which marks 25 years with results from samples collected in 2015. It’s a comforting report because it shows American-grown fruits and vegetables are safe because pesticide levels are kept below levels permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has the most stringent restrictions in the… Continue Reading

FDA testing finds weed killer residue in honey, instant oatmeal

EPA calls glyphosate 'unlikely to be carcinogenic'; comments due by Oct. 17

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Testing for glyphosate residue at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Atlanta has found up to 1.67 parts per million (ppm) in certain instant oatmeal cereals and up to 121 nanograms per gram (ng/g) in samples of honey. Glyphosate is a widely used and controversial herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. It was… Continue Reading

Farmers and ranchers get their privacy back

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Privacy was the winner in a Court of Appeals case a few days ago in the 8th U.S. Circuit with a unanimous ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel ruled against EPA’s practice of collecting private information from farmers and ranchers and then turning it over to environmental activists and others who request it through the Freedom… Continue Reading

Water not up to EPA standards brings pork sausage recall

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Catawissa, PA-based Bunge’s Meats recalled an undetermined amount of pork sausage products on Thursday that were produced with water that did not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) drinking water standards, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The various pork sausage items were produced between Feb. 24 and… Continue Reading

Recent events highlight need for safe water for food production

Opinion

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Water is an essential component of many types of food products. Processors, manufacturers, and packers use water to clean, cool and even transport foods during production (in flumes for example). Water is, of course, also used to make ice and beverages of many types. Water, mixed with detergents and antimicrobial compounds, is essential to clean… Continue Reading

USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat

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Just as in the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze,” there is significance to the non-barking dogs when it comes to a major data dump by a government agency. There’s been scant reaction to USDA’s release Monday of its annual Pesticide Data Program report. The report again confirms that pesticide residues are not a food safety… Continue Reading

EPA May Ban Insecticide Over Water Quality Issues, Not Food

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says there are no risks to humans from exposure to the common insecticide chlorpyrifos from food, but the agency has nonetheless asked for public comment on a proposal to revoke all food residue tolerances for the insecticide, which is mostly used on fruits, vegetable and nut crops. The proposed ban will… Continue Reading