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Dr. Richard Raymond is the former Undersecretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2005-2008. He now works as a food safety and public health consultant. He is an editor for two food safety blogs, and Feedstuffs Foodlink. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical School with distinction and had longtime family practices in Nebraska, where he also served as that state's Chief Medical Officer.


First of all, remember these opinions are mine and mine only. I am certain many would challenge or disagree with what I think was the biggest development to improve food safety.

And before I begin to elaborate on my thinking, I will tell you why I picked 25 years
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Yes, let us count the ways the federal government has failed to keep us safe from a foodborne illness.

First is the current, growing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to precut
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The U.S. Codex Office is moving from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to USDA’s Trade and Foreign Affairs Office and that may not be such a good
Continue Reading Moving Codex out of FSIS will boost trade, not food safety

What is a downer calf? I will try and answer that question, and, in so doing, hope to better inform the 72 members of Congress who signed a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging him to prohibit the “slaughtering of non-ambulatory disabled calves (known as
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