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Letter From the Editor: ‘Craig Memo’ Neuters Freedom of Information Act

Opinion

It was 48 years ago this Fourth of July weekend that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the original two-page Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). LBJ reportedly was reluctant about opening federal records to the public, but he nonetheless promoted it by saying this would be “the most transparent” administration in history. Just kidding… Continue Reading

Behind Closed Doors: Who’s Taking Meetings with FDA on Food Safety?

Opinion

When President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law in January 2011, it was considered a long-fought, but significant and bipartisan, victory to update the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authority and oversight of the food supply. While much of the wrangling over the language of the law was made public through… Continue Reading

5 Applicants Want to Be USDA’s First Horse Slaughter Client

UPDATE:  Since originally published this morning, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) public affairs staff have provided Food Safety News with copies of the applications for equine inspection services.  The FSIS officials did so in part to illustrate that most of the applications are not complete in the sense that items are missing or… Continue Reading