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The Food Safety News Nominees for Santa’s 2014 Naughty List

How did the media, our professional associates in corporate and government information, Maine Governor Paul R. LePage, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel, Sheldon Lavin, POTUS (the president of the United States), and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg end up on the Food Safety News 2014 naughty list? It’s complicated. Make yourself an eggnog and sit… Continue Reading

It’s Not All About the Science

Opinion

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2013 edition of Food Safety Magazine. The author has provided a number of references listed at the end of the article. “GMO health risks,”[1] “The sweet lowdown: Exposing the unhealthy truth about sugar,”[2] “Is high-fructose corn syrup bad for you?”[3] and “Chemical cuisine. Learn about food additives”[4] —… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: News Media

This week, Food Safety News is acknowledging leaders who help keep our food supply safe.  We’ve focused on leaders in education, government and consumer organizations over the last several days, and in the days ahead we’ll celebrate leaders in non-government organizations and the food industry. Today, we point to members of our own profession whose work we respect.  Of course,… Continue Reading

A Call to Industry: Educate the Media to Educate the Consumer

Opinion

Pink Slime vs. lean, finely textured beef. Photos of rats with tumors vs. scientists disputing study methods. Conventionally grown produce vs. local and/or organically grown. Each has been the subject of media “attention.”  And as the inaccuracies in the statements reveal, articles on each have too often been published without true understanding, knowledge or representation… Continue Reading

Former BPI Employee Plans to File Suit Over LFTB Backlash

"Pink Slime" heading back into the news.

A former Beef Products Inc employee plans to file a civil lawsuit in response to the national frenzy over lean finely textured beef (LFTB), now widely known to consumers as pink slime. Sioux City, Iowa-based Rauttnee Publishing Company announced it will hold a press conference on Tuesday to detail the suit to be filed by… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Just Mad

These should be heady days at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The nation’s $1+ trillion deficit is not much of a speed bump for the $288 billion potpourri we call the 2012 Farm Bill, replenishing the supply of goodies USDA gives out to those who qualify in the 400 pages of legislation.   But… Continue Reading

The Rise to Fame of ‘Pink Slime’

Last week, Iowa’s Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Rep. Steve King called for a congressional hearing on the media coverage that fueled a public backlash against ‘pink slime,’ Beef Products Inc.’ s Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB). Among other things, King accused journalists and activists of perpetrating a “smear campaign” against BPI and suggested they… Continue Reading