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Michelle Greenhalgh works as a researcher at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She began writing for Food Safety News while completing her graduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.  Her professional interests include food safety, drug policy, and informed consent regulations while her personal interests include cooking, running, and sailing. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and is a proud native of the Ocean State.

Barry A. Eisenberg has been named vice president of food safety services for  United Fresh Produce Association, the big Washington, D.C.-based industry association and lobbying group. 

In announcing the move, United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzel said, “Dr. Eisenberg’s 25-year food safety career provides him a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be …

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and farm, fishery and forestry leaders this week announced the “Commonwealth Quality” joint initiative, a program to promote local agriculture and help consumers more easily identify products that are produced, harvested, and responsibly processed in the Bay State.

The initiative is a collaborative venture between DAR and representatives…

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, submitted testimony on the threat to the U.S. military posed by antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Slaughter, who has called for limits on dispensing antibiotics to food animals, testified before the House Armed Services Committee hearing “Fighting Superbugs: DOD’s Response to Multidrug-Resistant Infections in Military Treatment Facilities.”

The …

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently discovered key gene and chemical interactions that allow toxic Escherichia coli (commonly known as E. coli or O157:H7) bacteria to colonize in the guts of cattle.  According to their research, the bovines not only host but can also shed the deadly human pathogen.

ecoli-ground-beef-sidebar.jpgMany E. coli O157:H7 …

Last week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies released the workshop summary from its Forum on Microbial Threats.  The summary, entitled “Antibiotic Resistance: Implications for Global Health and Novel Intervention Strategies is now available online.

In its summary, the Institute concluded, “For decades it seemed as if modern medicine had …

In a real-life example of the mythical story of David vs. Goliath, organic soybean producers and The Cornucopia Instituteare claiming victory over Dean Foods, the maker of Silk soymilk drink.

The Cornucopia Institute, a public interest group that promotes family scale farming, first reported in May 2009 that Dean Foods had switched its soybean…