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Iowa lawmakers look at raw milk again; previous efforts failed

A subcommittee of three state legislators in Iowa voted 2-1 Tuesday to advance a bill that would allow dairy operators in the state to sell unpasteurized milk direct to consumers. Similar bills have not survived in the Iowa Legislature in recent years. This year the effort in the Iowa House was assigned to a subcommittee… Continue Reading

Hawaii lawmakers say locavores want unpasteurized, raw milk

Citing increasing demand for local food, a group of state legislators in Hawaii is supporting a bill to allow the sale of raw milk in retail stores, but only if it has “a label that warns about the risks of consuming unpasteurized milk, especially to children and the elderly.” “The legislature finds that consumers’ food… Continue Reading

Michigan governor nixes bill to kill mushroom certification

An anti-regulation bill that would have eliminated a training requirement for people selling wild mushrooms to food establishments in Michigan has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The measure, HB 5532, was approved along party lines by the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives and Senate — 57-52 in the House and 26-11 with one not voting… Continue Reading

Compromise bill on GMO labeling lands on president’s desk

The Senate compromise bill for labeling food with genetically modified ingredients is on its way to President Obama’s desk after gaining a solid 306-117 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives early this afternoon. Passage of S. 764 came with 101 Democrats joining 205 Republicans in a vote that pre-empts any state labeling of food produced… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Foreign catfish discover the U.S. really does have borders

Editor’s note on update: A list of specific retail locations that received the recalled product is now available on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website. Click here for the list  which may be updated as additional information becomes available. The U.S. border has suddenly become meaningful to importers of Siluriformes, including foreign catfish. It’s all… Continue Reading

Scientists tell Congress genetically engineered food is safe

The first genetically modified food to hit the market 22 years ago was a tomato that did not win any taste tests. But it did pass the food safety test, and genetically engineered food has ever since turned out to be as safe as any other. Now in 400-page report released Tuesday, the prestigious National… Continue Reading

Colorado bans letters, numbers, symbols on restaurant reports

He does not make much use of the veto power and he is the former owner of a popular Denver brew pub. Both of those facts make it unlikely that Gov. John Hickenlooper will veto popular House Bill 16-1401, which ups fees and sets new policy for restaurant inspections. HB 16-1401, which first passed the Democratically-controlled Colorado… Continue Reading

Vermont bill would extend on-farm slaughter exemption

A bill to extend on-farm slaughter privileges for small farmers in Vermont is set for discussion and a possible vote in the state Senate’s Agriculture Committee next week. Proponents include small farmers and fans of local food. They say allowing small animal farm operations to slaughter on site is better for the animals, the farmers… Continue Reading