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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, Meatingplace.com 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.

On August 19, 2012, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ordered its inspection staff at Central Valley Meat (CVM) to go home. Because the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) of 1906 requires inspection by USDA to be continuous during slaughter of cattle, this USDA action essentially shuttered the plant for the time being. This action…

This commentary was contributed jointly by John Munsell and Dr. Richard Raymond.

Last week, James H. Hodges, Executive Vice-President at the American Meat Institute (AMI), ostensibly penned an opinion piece for Food Safety News titled “Wrestling  With the Science of STEC”. You can read it here.  But in case you are not inclined …

Food Safety News Editor Dan Flynn reported on Jan. 14, 2012 that if Congress gives the Obama Administration the authority to consolidate six agencies that deal with international trade into one agency, bringing together the two major food safety agencies into one would follow.

This possible move is not totally unexpected from this Administration, nor …

Michele Simon is turning into a pretty regular contributor to Food Safety News.

  

In recent weeks she has had two opinion pieces on the evil McDonald’s empire that is preying on kids by offering toys in their Happy Meals, and another piece on the cereal industry’s awful attempt to get kids to eat their …

September 13, 2011, will go down in the history of food safety as a very significant day.

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It will be remembered by many as the day that Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the USDA and its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  moved forward with the rule-making process …

America is seeing more and more outbreaks and illnesses from people drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. This phenomena has been on the rise over the last 15 years or so. This documented increase is most likely because of PulseNet, the relatively new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tool, introduced in 1996, that now allows us…

How Many Killer Bacteria Does it Take to Adulterate the Meat I Eat?

That question seems to have been put out there for public debate in quotes attributed to Betsy Booren of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Foundation in a recent USA Today story by Elizabeth Weise that can be read here.
 

The …

Most of us don’t get too many opportunities to lead change in our organizations and businesses. We might be in a position to try, but creating change is very difficult.

One of the best reads on the subject, and a book I quote and refer to often, is John P. Kotter’s 1996 edition titled “Leading …