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Helena Bottemiller is a Washington, DC-based reporter covering food policy and politics for Food Safety News. She has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, and several high-profile food safety stories, including the half-billion Salmonella egg recall and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Helena’s work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, NBC News, and elsewhere. She has appeared on BBC, CNBC, and is widely cited by mainstream and niche media. She tweets about food and agriculture policy at @hbottemiller.

American consumers will not be impacted and the safety of pork products will not diminish if Smithfield Foods is acquired by Shuanghui International, Smithfield’s CEO Larry Pope told the Senate Agriculture Committee at a hearing Wednesday. The assurances come as the proposed $4.7 billion sale, which would be the largest
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The rapid detective work that linked a four-state Listeria outbreak — which has killed one person, caused a miscarriage, and hospitalized four others –- to cheese sold nationwide could prevent many illnesses, according to health officials. Dr. Barbara Mahon, deputy chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers
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Figuring out that pomegranate seeds from Turkey are likely what is responsible for infecting at least 132 people with Hepatitis A was unusually difficult, according to investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ongoing investigation into the outbreak, which spans 8 states, is “very, very complicated,” said Carla
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The Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen mixed berries continues to grow. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said five more illnesses have been confirmed as part of the outbreak, bringing the total to 127 ill in 8 states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said
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Fifteen U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle are urging the government to consider food safety as they review the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods, America’s largest pork company, to Shuanghui International, China’s largest meat processor. The $4.7 billion deal, which would be the largest Chinese takeover of an
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