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Publisher’s Platform: Thanks to Kelly, Paul, Angela, Merrill, Gabrielle, Peter and Ken

For those who have not walked the halls of Congress trying to get politicians to pay attention to real issues, you may not appreciate what seven of your fellow citizens did this past week. However, I have and I do – and we all should appreciate what these people, my former clients and friends, did… Continue Reading

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

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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

Slicing Into Food Industry’s $40 Million Lobbying Efforts

The food industry — including dairy, livestock, poultry and eggs and all food processing — spent about $40 million on lobbying the federal government last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Yet more than half of the 60 food businesses asked last week by U.S. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) to release details… Continue Reading

Millions Spent Lobbying Food Safety

The Senate recently updated its lobbying disclosure database with second quarter spending information.  The documents available through the database reveal which organizations are spending what–and where their money is focused. The Senate Website is set up so that you can easily search for companies lobbying on behalf of a particular subject like food safety.  Anyone… Continue Reading

After Spinach Death, Family Takes Action

Polly and Ken Costello of Bellevue, Nebraska, daughter and son-in-law of Ruby Trautz, who lost her life to severe E. coli complications after eating contaminated Dole Spinach, will travel to Washington on Tuesday to raise awareness about the consequences of the broken federal food safety system. Polly and Ken will join the Center for Science… Continue Reading