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Chuck Jolley is president of Jolley & Associates, a marketing and public relations firm that concentrates on the food industry. He's also president of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, honoring the legendary figures of the business. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and was publisher of the leading business-to-business magazine serving the meat and poultry industry. He's a frequent contributor of articles about agriculture and the meat and poultry industry to business-to-business magazines and web-based publications.

I’ve been worrying over some of the provisions of this bill, especially since some of my friends in small production agriculture are so dead set against it.  They believe that the food safety requirements are an onerous encroachment on our freedom to produce, purchase and eat anything we want.

“It will kill back yard gardens,” …

Meat&Poultry magazine reported “AIB International on Sept. 23 issued a statement saying that while it conducted its GMP inspection in three of six in-shell egg grading/sorting facilities owned by Wright County Egg Co., Clarion, Iowa, it was not contracted to and did not inspect the other areas of the company’s operations, including the feed milling …

Michael Sansolo was the chief honcho at the Food Marketing Institute for a long time before he left and joined forces with Kevin Coupe and MorningNewsBeat.  He writes a column for that supermarket-oriented news and opinion service called “Sansolo Speaks.”  Recently his editorial comment was entitled “When Logic Fails” and one paragraph especially should …

I am a fan of the meat industry’s efforts to identify and eliminate sources of foodborne illness.  The work done to end the scourge of E. coli O157:H7 alone has tapped the best scientific minds around the world and cost millions of dollars.  Processing plants have reconstructed their production lines, added costly but necessary kill …

Here is an easy case to make: The pursuit of E. coli O157:H7 and its total eradication has been the holy grail of the meat industry since at least the infamous 1993 Jack in the Box case. The industry has acknowledged millions have been spent in research and the in-plant installation of multiple, science-based ‘hurdles’ …

Stephanie Smith, the subject of a Pulitzer prize-winning story published by the New York Times after she became severely ill with an E. coli infection from a contaminated hamburger, has reached an undisclosed settlement with Cargill Inc.

That might be good news but the size of the settlement will never be known.  Was it a …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says illnesses from E. coli O157:H7 fell to a five-year low in the U.S. last year.  CDC attributed the improvement to a combination of government and industry efforts to curb contamination. The CDC has been tracking E. coli O157:H7 cases since the Jack in the Box incident …

Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), talks about S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.  Part II:  On traceability and recordkeeping, exemptions for small food facilities, and S. 510 in its current form.

Q: Update me on the negotiations over Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) amendment to the traceability and recordkeeping section…

Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), talks about S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

The contents of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act represent a major new approach to food safety.  Looking at it with the customary cautious optimism characteristic of many food trade organizations is the National Sustainable…