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Who was inspecting the Iowa egg farms? It turns out: no one.

Is the left hand talking to the right?  Not when it comes to our  dysfunctional food safety system. Federal inspectors are flooding into Iowa to try to figure out the cause of a half-billion eggs recalled for Salmonella.   Sure – now they are.  But until this point regulators paid little attention to either of the Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, August 26th, 2010 in Salmonella, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

UPDATE: record-breaking half billion egg recall

A second Iowa company reporting Salmonella-tainted eggs added to the already-massive egg recall this weekend, making it one of the largest in history. Last week’s recall of 228 million eggs potentially tainted with Salmonella blazed across the news and sent people in all corners of the country to their fridges to check their eggs.  By Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, August 23rd, 2010 in CDC, FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Recalls, Regulators, Salmonella | 4 Comments »

Senators reach agreement on food safety bill

Legislation unveiled  by a bipartisan group of Senators yesterday moved the bill one step closer to the end game. Who says nothing gets done in Washington during August recess? ________________________________________________________ The Senate’s lack of movement on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act before the August recess began this week caused some hand-wringing amongst food safety Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, August 13th, 2010 in Bisphenol A (BPA), Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

‘See no evil, hear no evil’ is not a good toxics policy

Apparently you can’t recall 28 million boxes of children’s cereal due to methylnaphthalene contamination without raising a few red flags… …or opening a Pandora’s box about our completely inadequate chemical reporting system. Kellogg’s June recall involved millions of boxes of Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks and Honey Smacks that had an ‘off -taste and Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 in Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Methylnaphthalene | 1 Comment »

Reid ready to move on food safety bill?

Hopeful news out of Washington this week that the Senate may be getting closer to a vote on the food safety bill before they break for August recess. Food safety advocates, after watching the food safety bill languish in the Senate for over a year, have been urging Senate leadership to bring the bill to Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 in Bisphenol A (BPA), Food Safety | 1 Comment »

Eric Schlosser on food safety: “A perverse economic incentive guides the marketplace”

Industrialization, lack of oversight and unchecked corporate power is business as usual when it comes to our food safety system.   And that, says Eric Schlosser, has got to change. In his New York Times op-ed, Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and a co-producer of the documentary Food, Inc., invokes Upton Sinclair‘s novel that outraged Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, July 26th, 2010 in Salmonella, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Years after food poisoning, effects still felt every day

We often think of food poisoning victims as people who spent a pretty bad week within close proximity to a bathroom, but then got past the gastric discomfort and on with their lives.   But the truth is that a pathogen like E. coli or Salmonella can cause devastating and long-lasting effects on a body and a Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 in E. Coli, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Salmonella | Comments Off

The people have spoken – and they want safer food

Consumers Union poll finds 80% of Americans want Congress to pass food safety legislation immediately. Attribute it to the seemingly constant stream of food recalls, particularly when they involve American staples like Kellogg’s cereal and peanut butter.  Or perhaps it’s the reports of illness and near-death experiences after superfood-seekers helped themselves to a ‘healthy’ spinach Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Monday, July 12th, 2010 in FDA, Food Safety, Recalls | Comments Off

Have you heard the one about the food safety bill?

Q: What do you call a bill that’s been languishing in the Senate so long it might just die there? A: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Not exactly the kind of punchline that gets a belly laugh around here, but we appreciate the sentiment in this ‘joke’ that headlines this recent NPR spot. But Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, July 9th, 2010 in E. Coli, FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety | 5 Comments »

Too many chemicals, not enough sunshine

Fighting to keep toxic substances out of our products and environment one at a time isn’t working.

Posted by bakesh on Friday, July 9th, 2010 in EPA, Product Safety, Toxins | 1 Comment »
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