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Phyllis Entis

Death by a thousand cuts

Budget blade emerges as Trump's weapon of mass destruction of choice against food safety


Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Phyllis Entis was originally published on eFoodAlert.com and is reposted here with permission. Donald Trump has declared war. Not on North Korea; not on ISIS or Iran. Certainly not on Russia. Donald Trump has declared war on the Food Safety Modernization Act. Trump has not asked Congress to repeal the… Continue Reading

Pet Food Safety Study is Not Junk Science


It is sad to report that the credibility of our results has been attacked. And by someone who knows nothing of the two scientists who oversaw the testing for us. There were no questions asked prior – just bashing. Makes one wonder. Phyllis Entis is probably known to many readers here — she was known… Continue Reading

Portions of Pet Food Safety Study are the ‘Epitome of Junk Science’


On March 31, 2013, I announced that I was “moving on,” and I ended my daily posts on eFoodAlert. Since then, I have been concentrating on my creative writing projects. Nevertheless, I’ve continued to monitor food safety stories, muttering under my breath from time to time about the quality of some of the coverage. But I have… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Saluting barfblog and eFoodAlert

Back in the day when I was at South Dakota State University, we had a name for our sister land grant universities to the south in Lincoln, Nebraska and Manhattan, Kansas. We called them graduate schools. And I’ve long thought Kansas State University in particular was a pretty smart place. That impression continued with my… Continue Reading

Does The “No Illnesses” Language Belong in Recall Notices?

Food companies that are voluntarily recalling a product usually use the language suggested by regulatory agencies that is then distributed electronically via the federal government websites. Recalls not connected to outbreaks almost always contain a line saying there are no reported illnesses associated with the recalled product. William E. Keene, Oregon’s senior state epidemiologist, thinks… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Coincidences & Routines

If you are like I am, you probably don’t believe much in coincidence. For two years running now, Cargill Meat Solutions has announced major meat recalls for Salmonella contamination during the annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). A coincidence? It was last Aug. 3 on the last day of IAFP’s 2011… Continue Reading