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Public demands what feds suggest: Traceability via food labels

While the Food Safety Modernization Act doesn’t require transparency, it encourages it, but equally important for food manufacturers, consumers are increasingly demanding traceability. “Companies are under pressure from consumers, as trust is the lowest it’s ever been,” said John Keogh, president and principal advisor, Shantalla Inc., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “Trust can be lost… Continue Reading

Transparency Challenges Make Food Safety a Tough Beat for Reporters

Opinion

This article was originally published on the Columbia Journalism Review’s blog The Observatory.  In the January/February edition of the Columbia Journalism Review, I report on the challenges facing journalists covering food safety, from the slow trickle of information during foodborne illness outbreaks to the complicated food-regulatory system. While some of these issues are unique to… 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

‘Do Pass’ Recommendation Added to Missouri Ag-Gag Bill

Only a floor vote in the Missouri Senate may stand between Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk and a bill making fraud and interference new crimes if carried out at agricultural facilities, a so-called “ag-gag” law. House Bill 1860, adopted by the Missouri House on a 124-29 vote, now carries an important  “do pass” recommendation from the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: CDC – Sandwiches or Tacos?

Does the CDC like tacos more than sandwiches?  Or, is it hopefully something else? First, let’s be clear, confidential patient information should never be disclosed absent the patient agreeing to it. And, second, a report should not be issued if there is no outbreak linked to a product and/or manufacturer.  However, once an outbreak is… Continue Reading

UK Will Publish Meat Plant Audits

British meat-packing plants deemed to be a “cause for concern” will be named publicly under a policy adopted this month by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is responsible for inspecting food processing in the UK. The decision to publish audit reports on the agency website is designed to eliminate the public mystery surrounding audits… Continue Reading

FDA Works to Improve Transparency

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to increase the availability of its enforcement data to the public.   Following a May mandate from President Obama that FDA increase the transparency of its compliance and enforcement information, the Agency Monday issued 8 draft proposals that would make its activity surrounding regulatory compliance more… Continue Reading