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Spokane Council Votes to Quit Using Neonicotinoids on City Property

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The city council of Spokane, WA, voted Monday to discontinue government use of neonicotinoids, a controversial class of insecticides that have taken the brunt of the blame for colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon causing significant declines in honeybee populations. The vote comes on the heels of last week’s Presidential Memorandum establishing a federal task force… Continue Reading

Critics Say Food Safety Standards Could Be Threatened by U.S./EU Trade Agreement

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Some call it the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement. Others call it the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Either way, it’s the trade deal currently under negotiation between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) for which the fifth round of talks start next week in Arlington, VA. While proponents of the agreement… Continue Reading

EPA Asked to Halt Pesticide Use on Apples Until New Safety Studies are Done

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt use of a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples to limit storage damage until EPA has done further safety studies. EWG’s president, Ken Cook, wrote EPA on Thursday asking that the agency launch a new investigation to determine… Continue Reading

UK Pig Inspection Rule Changes Open For Public Comment

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In June of this year, the European Union will introduce new rules for pig meat inspections designed to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination on pork. The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency announced last week that it is requesting comments on the practical application of changes required by the rules. These comments are being solicited… Continue Reading

The View From Kiev: Ukraine’s Food Safety Improvements Will Eventually Align With the EU

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Food is a big part of the current political upheaval in Ukraine. As the world’s third-largest wheat exporter, the news from Kiev has already roiled the Chicago Board of Trade, and Russian threats to block imports from Ukraine are ratcheting up tensions. Much more in the background, but every bit as important to Ukraine’s future,… Continue Reading

Campylobacter, Salmonella Down; Listeria Up in EU

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In 2012, the European Union saw infections from Campylobacter and Salmonella fall, while those from Listeria rose, according to a yearly report on foodborne illness outbreaks published Wednesday by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Campylobacter is still the most commonly reported foodborne disease in the E.U., though rates of infection fell slightly in 2012… Continue Reading

EU to Expand Meat Origin Labeling in 2015

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The European Union plans to introduce origin labeling for pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat that will include information on where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The European Commission said that the rule will allow EU consumers “to know where the meat they buy comes from – a demand they have clearly expressed.” According… Continue Reading

Scientist with Chemical Industry Ties Quits EU Advisory Panel

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This report was originally published Oct. 15 by Environmental Health News. It is a follow-up to a Sept. 23 article entitled, “Scientists Critical of EU’s Draft Chemical Regulation Policy Have Industry Ties”. A German scientist who is critical of the European Union’s plan to regulate chemicals and has extensive financial ties to regulated companies has resigned from… Continue Reading

Improving Meat Traceability in the U.S.

A look at tracing meat through the supply chain

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Without necessarily knowing the term “traceability,” consumers have been calling for it in their food system for a long time.  The evidence of that comes from the food industry itself, with its increased emphasis on where food came from. Many companies now highlight certain locations or farmers in brand names, commercials, or through packaging and… Continue Reading

Differing Reactions to Colony Collapse in U.S. and Europe

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Europe and America appear to be taking decidedly different approaches to honeybee colony collapse. The European Union just adopted continent-wide restrictions against the neonicotinoid class of insecticides called out by the European Food Safety Authority as especially damaging to bees. In the U.S., however, a newly released comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health says… Continue Reading