Last fall, I started teaching at Seattle University School School of Law, doing so in part to give myself more time to do scholarship (research and writing) about food, in all of its fascinating aspects and implications. I knew that I would miss many things about the full-time practice of law. But I also knew …

Most of you likely have not followed the story of 5-year-old Mason Jones, who died of E. coli O157:H7 poisoning in 2005 after eating a school lunch.

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I have followed it closely, in part because over the last few years, as I spoke at food safety conferences in Wales and England, Mason’s story was everywhere. …

Improving food safety is not as easy task!  But right now, we have a huge opportunity to “seize the day” and make a much-needed first step toward food safety reform!

Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention is a member of the Make Our Food Safe (MOFS) coalition.  We joined MOFS because it reflects …

A 7-member Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been named by Gerry Ritz, Canada’s Agricultural Minister.

Ritz said the appointments are “another step to strengthen Canada’s food safety system” and include a diverse range of experts from the food, animal, and plant health sectors.

They will advise the Ag …

I spent most of last week in the “other Washington.”  It all does make you wonder, as one Congressman quipped some time ago: “Who needs Al-Qaeda when you have got E. coli?” What would happen if we stopped the petty bickering and actually did something about food safety like:

Growers:

1. Develop and implement Hazard …

Study by The Produce Safety Project Finds U.S. Food Safety System Needs To Integrate Human Health, Animal, and Plant Pathogen Data

The Produce Safety Project, a joint initiative of Georgetown University and the Pew Charitable Trusts, issued a report last week that examines select European Union (EU) countries’ efforts to improve their food safety data…

“Healing ourselves is the essence of democratic development.”  –Michael Parenti, final remarks, California State University, Channel Islands, March 11, 2004.

Introduction

Our nation is awakening to the fact that convenience-oriented industrial food products, which have substantially displaced our traditional diet, have altered our collective health for the worse.  Citizens are actively seeking out food that…