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Zach was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, WA. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College in 2009, Zach spent about one year at Food Safety News and left in early 2010 to work on Capitol Hill.

On Thursday, May 20, the European Parliament voted to ban bovine and porcine thrombin used as an additive to bind separate pieces of meat together into one piece. According to European Union lawmakers, the additives, which are commonly called “meat glue,” have no proven benefits” and create products that “carry an unacceptably high risk of …

Last Thursday, the Senate passed the Wall Street reform bill, handing President Obama his second major legislative victory of the year. The contentious bill, which narrowly passed though the Senate on a 59-39 vote, took over the Senate upon its introduction and halted the progress of most other legislation in the body, including S. 510, …

The process of making food safe is never-ending, and as a result, food safety experts, microbiologists, and industry insiders are constantly searching for new ways to improve the food safety system in the United States.

Within the last few years, food growers and producers have begun to use a novel means of improving food safety …

Amish Wedding Foods Inc. of Millersburg, Ohio, is recalling all lots of 9, 16, and 18 ounce pumpkin butter, as well as all lots of 16 and 18 ounce sweet potato butter. The recall was issued when it was learned the products may contain botulism. The affected products were sold in North Carolina and most …

A new study suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides, which are commonly used on fruits and vegetables, can lead to a higher rate of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

The study, published yesterday in Pediatrics journal, analyzed the levels of pesticide residue in the urine of 1,100 children ages eight to …

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the E. coli O145 outbreak linked to Freshway Foods romaine lettuce.

As of May 11, 2010, there are 23 confirmed and 7 probable cases related to this outbreak from Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. The number of ill persons identified in …

A look at how E. coli O145 could have contaminated romaine lettuce on a farm in Yuma – Part III



As state and federal public health officials continue to investigate the E. coli O145 outbreak tied to bagged Freshway Foods romaine lettuce, which has sickened at least 23 people in 4 states, many questions remain.

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