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Ross Anderson is a freelance journalist living in Port Townsend, Washington. Previously he worked 30 years at the Seattle Times, where he covered politics, natural resources and environmental issues. He was a John S. Knight Jornalism Fellow at Stanford in 1979 and has won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and several awards for his now-and-then maritime column for the Port Townsend Leader. In recent years, he has occasionally worked with food safety attorney William Marler on various writing projects.

Posting the results of government meat, poultry and egg inspections and testing data could have “substantial benefits” to food safety, according to the highly respected National Research Council.

An NRC committee made up of agriculture experts and food safety advocates studied the possible consequences of publishing such detailed information on the Internet, and concluded that …

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its finding that apple juice sold across the U.S. is safe to drink, with naturally occurring arsenic levels well below the agency’s “level of concern,” but says it may set new guidelines on an appropriate level for inorganic arsenic.

“FDA monitoring has found that total arsenic levels in …

Consumers throughout the west should avoid ASSI brand frozen oysters from Korea, which have been linked to an outbreak of norovirus in Washington State, the Food and Drug Administration said.

An FDA warning, released at the close of business Friday, advised consumers not to eat frozen, shucked oysters packed in three-pound bags and labeled ASSI …

By now, most of us understand that tomatoes simply ain’t what they used to be. 

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Once upon a time, the tomato was synonymous with summer, a juicy and flavorful fruit that enticed: Eat now, for tomorrow ye may die. A native of South America, it was the New World’s gift to the Old World, where …

As many as 20 percent of Americans — 60 million people — are more vulnerable to foodborne illness due to their age or health conditions that affect their immune systems, according to a newly published study by British medical researchers.

In addition to the elderly, susceptible people include young children, pregnant women, alcoholics, diabetics and …

A Salmonella outbreak traced to Cargill Inc. ground turkey has claimed 130 more victims – workers laid off at the company’s Springdale, Ark, processing plant.

“We have people who don’t have any work,” Cargill spokesman Mike Martin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Minnesota-based meat company, which employs a total of 1,200 people at …

Like all disease, foodborne illness seems to strike at random. When people are exposed to foodborne microbes, some of them get sick while many others will suffer few or no ill effects.

Now it appears that the randomness extends to the public response.  Some outbreaks of disease are quickly traced to their sources while other …

A rare, slow-motion outbreak of toxic E. coli sickened at least 250 people and killed one across the United Kingdom over a span of eight months this year before being traced to raw  leeks and potatoes, British health authorities announced Friday.

The national Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it monitored the outbreak for six months …

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has assembled a new network of epidemiologists and other public health experts in hopes of responding more quickly and effectively to outbreaks of foodborne illness.

Dubbed the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network, the team will be directed by Dr. Kathleen F. Gensheimer, the former Maine state epidemiologist. …

For the second time in barely a month, Cargill has voluntarily recalled ground turkey due to tests showing the presence of Salmonella, and has temporarily suspended ground turkey production at its Springdale, AR, processing plant.

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Cargill announced the recall of 185,000 pounds of turkey that was processed at the Arkansas plant on Aug 23, 24, …