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IAFP debate: Is the pizza or the box actually causing obesity?

TAMPA, FL  — There are no “snowflakes” or demands for “safe spaces” from any of the attendees of the International Association for Food Protection. Instead there is a willingness to take sides and debate any issue relating to food safety. Take Stephen Base of Texas A&M University who was willing to step in late and argue the… Continue Reading

U.N. officials say food safety is entwined with food security

Ajay Markanday

Few threats addressed by the United Nations are as undiscriminating as foodborne pathogens, which don’t honor international borders or differentiate between first- and third-world status. Similarly few threats addressed by the international body are as easy to mitigate as food safety, at least in theory. “Food safety is not really complicated or expensive,” said Ajay… Continue Reading

Industry Commends USDA for Codex Support

Top food and agriculture industry groups are commending U.S. officials for their leadership at the recent session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a global food standards-setting body created by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. In a letter sent last week to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Food Industry… Continue Reading

Nepal Likely Source of Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak

United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal likely did bring cholera into Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake last year, according to a new study published this week in mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. A separate group of researchers last week also published a study in Nature that used advanced genetic… Continue Reading

UN Concerned About Food Safety Activists

A leading United Nations human rights official expressed concern Thursday over China’s treatment of food safety activists. Olivier De Schuttter, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s independent expert on the right to food, said in a news conference that he was worried about societal and governmental intimidation of activists. Citing the charges against Zhao Lianhai,… Continue Reading

Cholera Spreading Faster Than Anticipated

The cholera epidemic in Haiti is spreading faster than public health agencies originally estimated, the senior United Nations official said on Tuesday. In a few short weeks since the outbreak began, 1,344 people have lost their lives to the disease, which has rocked an already struggling, earthquaked-ravaged Haiti, trying to rebuild. UN humanitarian coordinator Nigel… Continue Reading

UN Declares Deadly Cattle Disease Eradicated

For millennia, rinderpest, a deadly cattle disease, has wreaked havoc on livestock and wildlife populations on three continents, resulting in massive animal death, extensive human famine, and loss of draught animal power in agricultural communities throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Last week, however, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared at a… Continue Reading

UN Outlines First Global Aquaculture Standards

After four years of discussion and debate, the first global guidelines for aquaculture, the planet’s fastest growing food sector, were adopted by a UN Food and Agriculture Organization panel last week. The guidelines–which are non-binding but provide a framework for certification–were adopted by the subcommittee on Aquaculture of the Committee on Fisheries and cover a… Continue Reading