Harvard School of Law lecturer Emily Broad Leib sat down with Food Safety News to discuss problems related to food waste and expiration dates at the 2014 conference for the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held earlier this month in Indianapolis, IN.

As Leib describes it, up to 50 percent of food produced in…

Being exempted from the Big Island’s new ban on genetically engineered crops will not protect Rainbow papaya growers from dramatic harm, says a top industry leader. Ross Sibucao, president of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, is among several farm and ranch leaders from the County of Hawaii who have filed declarations in U.S. District Court…

An offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana exploded four years ago this month, killing 11 on the crew and spilling five million barrels of hydrocarbons into waters known for their seafood production. That explosion on the British Petroleum (BP) off-shore oil well known as the Deepwater Horizon is…

A newly approved shellfish toxicity test is quickly becoming music to the ears of fishery laboratory personnel, as well as the tens of thousands of mice whose lives the new test aims to save each year. The new test  has been designed to replace the current industry-standard mouse bioassay toxicity test, which involves blending up…

Beef lovers, you might want to make sure you’re sitting down. In 2013, the population of cattle in the U.S. hit its lowest point since the 1950s. It might not look like it from the line at the fast-food drive-through, but America’s herd size has actually been in decline since its peak in 1975, when…

Peering into the early morning mist created by thousands of tons of Mekong water collapsing from Laos into nearby Cambodia, I was surprised when a small black shape emerged. He looked as spindly and fragile as a botanical specimen. Inching across a barely perceptible cable across what is known as the Khone Falls (Khone Phapheng),…

The government of Bangladesh is advancing plans to install a coal-based thermal power plant in the area of Rampal in the Bagerhaat district. This project is only 10 kilometers away from the Sundarbans, an environmentally critical area, and threatens its very existence. The Rampal power plant will have hazardous impacts on agriculture and food security,…

Just because you can’t see something with the naked eye doesn’t mean it isn’t there. While that statement certainly doesn’t qualify as rocket science, it is, nevertheless, an important message to heed when it comes to microscopic beings such as harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make animals and people sick. In a report,…

Ranchers in western South Dakota have lost tens of thousands of cattle in the past two weeks as a freak snowstorm left some parts of the state under as much as four feet of snow beginning Oct. 3. The latest estimates, according to multiple news sources, put the number of dead cattle at about 75,000.…