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New research continues to demonstrate that typical cleaning doesn’t actually sanitize the reusable plastic containers (RPCs) used to transport fruits, vegetables, poultry and other foods. In a study publicized earlier this year, Steven Ricke, director of the University of Arkansas Center for Food Safety, and his team grew Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and E.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-chicken-farm-image24069509Despite Salmonella being the most common illness-causing foodborne bacteria in the U.S. food system, still very little is known about the precise processes through which the bacterium contaminates and transmits among its most pervasive carriers: chickens. New research from the University of Arkansas, however, is aiming to bridge the gap in knowledge about how Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted some FAQs about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and under the question, “How does this Act change the way FDA regulates foods?” is this statement: “This new law puts prevention up front for FDA. For the first time, FDA will have a legislative mandate to…

Reusable plastic containers used to transport large amounts of fruits and vegetables to grocery stores can continue to harbor potentially harmful bacteria directly on their surfaces, even after undergoing industry-standard cleaning and sanitizing, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arkansas and WBA Analytical Laboratories. http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-colorful-boxes-plastic-crates-containers-fish-packing-piles-storage-catch-image33735962The study took a microscopically…

Susan Schneider is the Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. and past president of the American Agricultural Law Association. Her private practice experience includes agricultural law work with

In 1933, Edward A. O’Neal, head of the Farm Bureau Federation, warned a Senate committee that, “Unless something is done for the American farmer we will have a revolution in the countryside within less than 12 months.”

As farm prices fell by more than 50 percent, farm foreclosures reached record numbers, and violence erupted throughout the farm …