One of my many pleasant memories of Chile is the sunny Sept. 1 lunch served for 350 people in a huge white tent during the “Conference International Berries 2016” held in Talca. Most of the conversation was in Spanish, putting me at a disadvantage. Every few minutes, I was getting some translated summaries from international…

The West is full of monuments from Tucson to Mountain Meadows of famous shoot-outs and massacres that usually brought nothing more that pyrrhic victories for one side. On that basis, it’s time to erect another of those roadside plaques at the site of the former Valley Meat Co. outside of Roswell, NM. It’s the location…

Food safety is spread throughout various departments and programs in the federal budget and the document President Obama proposed Tuesday for fiscal 2017 is no different. The policy wonks who know how the federal budgeteers work go to one place when they want to know how food safety is doing in the budget. It’s the…

It has been almost two years since Dr. Elisabeth Hagen stepped down as our most recent USDA under secretary for food safety. President Obama has not appointed, nor has the Senate confirmed, anyone to fill that vacancy since Hagen departed. It’s now also been 21 years since, on Oct. 19, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed…

The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama has nominated Robert Califf, M.D., to be the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Califf, 63, is currently FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Califf will replace Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who resigned earlier this year after…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-detailed-world-map-image29681182A contentious trade bill passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and is headed to the president’s desk. The Senate voted 60-38 to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which gives trade deals a “fast track” through Congress where lawmakers would only get an up-or-down vote without being able to add amendments. TPA passed the House in…