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Years after food poisoning, effects still felt every day

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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 | No Comments »

The people have spoken – and they want safer food

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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 | No Comments »

Have you heard the one about the food safety bill?

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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

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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 »

Recalled beef? There’s an app for that.

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A sign of the times: government agencies are now alerting the public of food and product recalls through their new Products Recall app for smartphones. __________________________________________________________ A tip of the hat to the USDA and the FDA who recently rolled out a new app for smartphone users to receive up-to-the-minute alerts about food recalls in the Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 in CPSC, FDA, Food Safety, NHTSA, Product Safety, Recalls, USDA | No Comments »

Food, Inc.’s Eric Schlosser, Consumers Union Urge Senate to Pass Food Safety Bill

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Safe and sustainable: we need our food to be both, and nowhere has the case been made better than in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Food, Inc. Earlier this month, Consumers Union, long a proponent of safe, sustainable food, hosted an Activist Summit in Washington, D.C. which featured two of the film’s leading voices: Barbara Kowalcyk, Continue Reading

Posted by Jean Halloran on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 in E. Coli, FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Organics, Recalls, Regulators | 2 Comments »

This Week’s Recall Recap

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Breaking news on Kellogg cereal, plus thousands of pounds of beef products recalled this week. Smelly cereal Kellogg Co. voluntarily recalled 28 million boxes of cereal today because of potential problems with cereal box liners causing an “off flavor and smell” which may induce nausea and diarrhea. The nationwide recall includes boxes of Apple Jacks, Continue Reading

Posted by Meg Bohne on Friday, June 25th, 2010 in E. Coli, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Listeria, Recalls | 1 Comment »

Food safety: Are some farms and processors too small to fail?

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The reopening of my neighborhood farmers’ market two weeks ago felt like a turn to heaven after months in supermarket purgatory.  Irregularly shaped lettuce!  Fish caught yesterday!  Milk in glass bottles!  With these fine products in mind, a recent guest editorial in the Lansing Michigan paper grabbed my attention.   “Shouldn’t Mom be allowed to sell her apple Continue Reading

Posted by Jean Halloran on Friday, May 21st, 2010 in E. Coli, FDA, Food Contaminants, Food Safety, Imports, Regulators, Salmonella | 14 Comments »

General Mills Subsidiary Pulls BPA Cans

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General Mills announced that their subsidiary Muir Glen will no longer use Bisphenol A (BPA) tainted cans for their organic tomatoes. What companies will follow suit? BPA is a widely-used chemical found in food and beverage can linings and a building block of polycarbonate plastic.  Many laboratory and dozens of human studies have linked exposure to BPA to Continue Reading

Posted by Tim Marvin on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 in Bisphenol A (BPA), Toxins | 1 Comment »

Food Safety Bill Coming To Vote Soon

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Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler’s blog is reporting that S.510 has been scheduled for a vote. According to Marler Blog: Last week Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called the Rivera’s to tell them that the bill would be voted on in the coming weeks.  Next week, if rumors are correct, is that week.  It is Continue Reading

Posted by Tim Marvin on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 in Food Safety | No Comments »
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