Make Our Food Safe
  • April 14, 2014
    The Dangers in Our Food Supply Are Worse Than You Think
    All his life, Paul Schwarz had been active and healthy. When his family imagined the various ways that the decorated veteran of World War II might eventually die, they never imagined that the cause would be a piece of cantaloupe.
  • February 03, 2014
    Raleigh News & Observer: Girl Fights to Save Others from Foodborne Illness
    Dana Dziadul has been fighting since she was 3 years old, but don’t bother telling her mother. First, Dana, now 16, was fighting for her life after getting debilitatingly ill from bad cantaloupe she ate when she was 3. Now, she’s fighting to ensure that other children don’t suffer the same fate that befell her – or a worse one.
  • January 07, 2014
    "Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley Infections Linked to Raw Cashew Cheese"
    "CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections. Results from this ongoing investigation indicate that raw cashew cheese produced by The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, California is the likely source of this outbreak."
  • November 15, 2013
    "Group Wants FDA to Mirror its Food-Safety Program"
    "Leafy greens growers in California and Arizona are telling federal regulators to adopt their food safety standards so that growers in other states won’t be operating under weaker federal rules."
  • December 05, 2013
    "State Knew Chobani Yogurt was Tainted Months before Recall, FDA Says"
    "The Idaho Department of Agriculture saw moldy yogurt during a routine inspection at Chobani two months before the company issued a voluntary recall, says a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report obtained by the Times-News under a Freedom of Information Act request. The state denies the FDA claim."
  • November 14, 2013
    "NH's Kuster Asks for More Time on Food Safety"
    "New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster wants the Food and Drug Administration to extend the comment period for sweeping food safety rules that farmers say could drive them out of business."
  • November 13, 2013
    "Spud Group Requests FSMA Exemption"
    "The potato industry has drafted a guidance document to help potato growers and handlers meet the industry's best practices. The National Potato Council argues such voluntary efforts should be sufficient and potatoes shouldn't' be subject to any Food Safety and Modernization Act requirements, since they're typically eaten cooked."
  • February 01, 2014
    The Oregonian: Portland Cop Lobbying Congress for Food Safety Funding
    A Portland cop turned advocate is back in the U.S. capital this week, urging Congress to support funding for a crackdown on food safety. Officer Peter Hurley has met with two Oregon lawmakers, and has another meeting on Thursday. So far, the reaction has been mixed, Hurley said.
  • January 31, 2014
    WSB-TV: Parents Storm Capitol Hill for Safer Food
    Frustrated parents gathered on Capitol Hill demanding safer food Wednesday. Jacqueline Fell talked with parents who had to watch their kids get sick from food that may very well be sitting in your refrigerator right now.
  • November 03, 2013
    "Food Tracing a Growing Concern for Global Food Supply"
    "Food traceability is a growing concern for both businesses and consumers who want to know exactly where their food is coming from, but the path of the global food supply is a winding one and the increasing complexity of the world's food system can make it difficult to trace products back to their source."
  • November 02, 2013
    "Sunland's Own Tests Showed Salmonella Contamination"
    "Years before an outbreak of food-borne illness led to the closing and bankruptcy of Sunland Inc., salmonella began turning up in the Portales company’s own lab tests, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration records."
  • October 25, 2013
    "Food Safety Groups Blast Farm Bill Amendments"
    Food safety advocates are urging members of a House-Senate conference committee to strike down a pair of GOP-backed amendments to the farm bill now under consideration. The Make Our Food Safe Coalition and the Safe Food Coalition take exception at a pair of measures attached to the House’s version of the legislation, approved in July.
  • September 20, 2013
    "FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods"
    The public will have its first chance Thursday and Friday to weigh in on new federal rules aimed at improving the safety of food imported into the United States.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first public meeting on imported food safety rules that the agency initially proposed in July is taking place in Washington, D.C.
  • September 18, 2013
    "Bellevue Mom to Tell FDA How Tainted Food Nearly Killed Her"
    "For three days after Merrill Behnke ate the tainted Italian cheese she felt fine. On the fourth night, Behnke developed an intense headache. She awoke the next morning to severe body pains and a temperature of 102 degrees. A test of her spinal fluid linked the illness to Listeria, a rare but deadly bacterium. Behnke, 31, will recount her bout with food poisoning in Washington, D.C., Thursday at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing on how to ensure that foods from abroad are safe."
  • September 18, 2013
    "Additional Grower, Distributor Named in 2011 E. coli Outbreak"
    "Recent developments in lawsuits related to a 2011 E. coli outbreak linked to fresh-cut romaine are resulting in a Midwest retailer demanding its supplier be held liable and plaintiffs in another case seeking to add a second distributor and a California grower to the list of defendants."
  • September 03, 2013
    "Taylor Farms, Big Food Supplier, Grapples With Frequent Recalls"
    "Taylor Farms, the large vegetable producer whose salad mix is being investigated in connection with an outbreak of illness involving hundreds of people in 22 states, has had an unusual number of voluntary recalls for potentially tainted products in the last three years."
  • August 14, 2013
    ''19 Cases of Cyclospora Illnesses Investigated in Wisconsin''
    "Nineteen confirmed cases of a food-borne illness caused by the Cyclospora parasite are being investigated in Wisconsin, and six of them may be linked to a national investigation of more than 500 illnesses and a bagged salad mix from Mexico, according to state public health officials."
  • August 14, 2013
    "Taylor Farms de Mexico Halts Salad Production Amid Cyclospora Outbreak"
    "Taylor Farms de Mexico, a company that produces bagged salad mixes linked to a cyclospora outbreak in two states, has suspended its operations. The company informed the FDA that it halted all its production and shipments of any salad mix, leafy green or salad mix components from its operations in Mexico to the United States. The company said it won't resume operations without the FDA's approval."
  • August 06, 2013
    "Mystery Continues in Cyclospora Stomach Bug Outbreak"
    "Megan Provost ate a salad at Olive Garden six days before the onset of what she called the worst stomach bug of her life. After learning about the multi-state cyclospora outbreak tied to Olive Garden in Nebraska and Iowa, she said she's "100 percent sure" that she had the illness caused by a one-celled parasite and spread through contaminated food."
  • August 05, 2013
    "Rare Stomach Illness Difficult to Diagnose"
    " mysterious outbreak of the parasitic illness usually found abroad is growing, with more than 400 confirmed cases in 16 states. Food and Drug Administration officials said Friday they had discovered the source of some of the illnesses, but not all of them. The agency said that the illnesses from Iowa and Nebraska are linked to salad mix from a Mexican farm that was served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. Those make up about half of the cases."
  • August 02, 2013
    "Laws May Stop Identification of Cyclospora Source"
    "The mystery over the cyclospora outbreak has deepened. Cyclospora is a dangerous parasite that causes stomach illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday there are now 397 cases in 16 states, but no one has yet identified the source."
  • August 01, 2013
    "Origin of Salad-Linked Outbreak Remains a Mystery"
    "Nearly 400 people across the country have been sickened by cyclospora, a lengthy intestinal illness usually contracted by eating contaminated food. But if you're looking to find out exactly where it came from, you may be out of luck. Federal officials warned Wednesday that it was too early to say whether the outbreak of the rare parasite reported in at least 15 states was over."
  • July 26, 2013
    "FDA Unveils Rules to Make Imported Food Meet U.S. Standards"
    "The Obama administration on Friday released long-awaited proposals aimed at ensuring that the growing amount of imported foods, which now account for about 15 percent of the nation’s food supply, meet U.S. safety standards."
  • July 26, 2013
    "FDA Issues New Safety Rules for Imported Food"
    "Although one-sixth of America's food is imported, including 50% of the fresh fruit and 20% of the fresh vegetables, the Food and Drug Administration inspects only 2% of imports. That began to change Friday when the agency issued long-awaited rules that require imported food to meet the same safety standards as food produced in the United States."
  • July 26, 2013
    "FDA Proposes Rules to Enforce U.S. Standards for Imported Food"
    "The Food and Drug Administration proposed sweeping new rules on Friday that would require food importers like Walmart and Cargill to make sure that their foreign growers and processors were following American food safety standards to prevent contamination in an increasingly globalized food supply."
  • July 24, 2013
    CDC: 250 in 6 states Have Stomach Bug from Unidentified Source
    "More than 250 people in at least six states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control says the cyclospora infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia and Connecticut."
  • July 22, 2013
    "Wisconsin Patients Ill from Multi-state Cyclospora Outbreak"
    Health officials in a number of states are investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness caused by Cyclospora, a microscopic parasite. About 200 cases in all are being reported, mostly in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • July 16, 2013
    "More Cyclospora Cases Reported in Iowa"
    "DES MOINES, Iowa -- State officials in Iowa have confirmed 15 more infections from a rare, food-borne parasite. The number of cyclospora cases in Iowa jumped to 60 Saturday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported. Nebraska has reported 35 cases."
  • July 15, 2013
    "U.S. House Farm Bill Would Delay Food Safety Law"
    "The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that could significantly delay implementation of sweeping new food safety legislation designed to reduce foodborne illnesses."
  • July 12, 2013
    "House Clears Portion of Farm Bill with Provision Aimed at Delaying FSMA"
    "The House took a new approach to passing the long-stalled farm bill on Thursday: it passed a version that included farm programs, but left off the nutrition section, which represents 80 percent of the bill’s price tag. While much of the focus in Washington is on the political implications of splitting the farm bill into two, food safety advocates are concerned because the version that cleared the House could further delay implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act."
  • July 12, 2013
    "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps"
    WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on Thursday, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy recalcitrant conservatives but losing what little Democratic support the bill had when it failed last month. It was the first time food stamps had not been a part of the farm bill since 1973.
  • July 09, 2013
    "Listeria Illness, Death Tied to Wisconsin-made Crave Brothers Cheese"
    "One person has died, a pregnant woman has miscarried and three others have been hospitalized after eating contaminated soft cheese from an award-winning Wisconsin cheese operation, officials said Monday. The death was in Minnesota, while the illnesses — from Listeria monocytogenes — were reported in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."
  • June 27, 2013
    "Iowa Lab Helps Ensure Food Safety"
    Ardin Backous is director of food operations in North America for Eurofins, a Belgian company. He helps the global food-testing company ensure the food consumers buy at the grocery store is safe, and that the nutrition value labels so many rely upon are accurate.
  • June 25, 2013
    Will New Laws Make Your Food Safer?
    Foodborne illnesses sicken about one in six Americans every year, leading to 128,000 hospitalizations, and an estimated 3,000 deaths. Despite improved techniques to help trace the sources of food contamination, current food safety regulations have not prevented dangerous contamination from happening in the first place.
  • June 19, 2013
    "House Votes to Delay Food Safety Rules"
    "The House voted late Wednesday to delay sweeping food safety rules that would require farmers and food companies to be more vigilant about guarding against contamination."
  • May 28, 2013
    "On the Front Lines of Food Safety"
    "MOSS LANDING, Calif. — With piles of fresh strawberries beckoning consumers at markets and stores this season, an alliance of a major retailer, fruit growers and farm workers has begun a program to promote healthy produce and improve working conditions."
  • May 07, 2013
    "Budget Cuts Won't Reduce Food Safety Inspections"
    The Food and Drug Administration will not reduce food inspections because of budget cuts, despite warning earlier that it could be forced to eliminate thousands of inspections by Sept. 30.
  • March 28, 2013
    "FDA Gathers Guidance On New Food Safety Law"
    "Portlander Joe Day tearfully recalled the year his family spent Thanksgiving in a hospital cafeteria, as his sister, suffering from e coli, fought for her life several floors above."
  • March 14, 2013
    ''Estimate: 1 in 6 Americans Will Get Food Poisoning This Year''
    It is estimated that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. That's 48 million people. And the grim reality: some will suffer the rest of their life and others will die. The Food and Drug Administration wants to stop foodborne illness at the source with proposed changes to the way food is grown and processed . In Chicago Monday and Tuesday, the public is invited to weigh in.
  • March 01, 2013
    FDA is Cracking Down on Cantaloupe Industry
    The FDA is warning the cantaloupe industry after two major outbreaks in two years. Contaminated cantaloupe caused 36 deaths and sickened more than 400 people nationwide. Now, a Central Florida teen is in Washington advocating for safer food.
  • February 21, 2013
    "Feds Indict 4 in Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak"
    A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history.
  • January 29, 2013
    The Surprising Foods That Make People Sick
    Salad greens make the most people sick, but contaminated poultry kills the most Americans, federal researchers report in the first comprehensive look at the foods that cause foodborne illnesses.
  • January 11, 2013
    ''FDA Warns 2 Producers on Egg Safety''
    Two large egg producers have received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration, which said they violated a two-year-old rule aimed at preventing salmonella contamination.
  • January 08, 2013
    "After Year-Long Delay, FDA Proposes Major Regulations For Food Safety"
    For the first time in 70 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two major requirements for improving food safety. On Friday, the FDA released two draft rule proposals for food safety that will allow the FDA to shift its focus on preventing, rather than simply reacting, to food borne illnesses.
  • January 08, 2013
    "FDA Moves on New Food Safety Rules"
    The FDA proposed new rules today that would require US food distributors to implement additional measures to combat food-borne illness. The guidelines are aimed at improving food handling in both the agriculture and manufacturing sectors after a series of recent disease outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe, cheese, and leafy green vegetables that killed scores of Americans.
  • January 08, 2013
    "FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply"
    Looking for a little weekend reading? The Food and Drug Administration has just the thing. On Friday, the agency released two proposed rules designed to boost the safety of the nation's food supply, encompassing hundreds of pages.
  • January 08, 2013
    "'New era' in food-safety rules to be dished out"
    After two years of delay, the Food and Drug Administration announced today that rules putting the United States at the forefront of food safety worldwide are finally moving forward.
  • January 08, 2013
    "FDA begins implementing sweeping food-safety law"
    The Obama administration moved ahead Friday with the first major overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system in more than 70 years, proposing tough new standards for fruit and vegetable producers and food manufacturers.
  • January 08, 2013
    "FSMA Regulations On Produce, Manufactured Food Finally Released For Public Comment"
    The Food and Drug Administration released two of the five major regulations tied to the Food Safety Modernization Act for public comment on Friday, the second anniversary of the bill's passage. The newly released rules, arguably the most important two of the five, span a whopping 1,236 pages and regulate food safety protocols for produce and manufactured foods, respectively.
  • January 04, 2013
    FDA Extends Public Comment Period For Proposed Food Safety Rules
    On April 24, FDA issued Federal Register notices to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (the Preventive Controls proposed rule) and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (the Produce Safety proposed rule) until September 16, 2013.
  • January 04, 2013
    "F.D.A. Offers Sweeping Rules to Stop Food Contamination"
    The New York Times recognizes the release of the produce and preventive controls draft rules as a “a sea change in the way the agency polices food,” while FDA’s deputy commissioner for food, Michael Taylor, heralds the proposals as “set[ting] the basic framework for a modern, science-based approach to food safety…”
  • December 17, 2012
    "Promise of Food Safety Law Largely Unfulfilled"
    With thousands falling ill after a series of high-profile foodborne outbreaks several years ago involving consumer staples such as lettuce, peppers, peanuts and eggs, Congress and the White House moved aggressively to bring food safety into the 21st century. But two years after President Obama signed a sweeping food safety bill into law, the rules at the heart of the largest food safety overhaul in more than 70 years have yet to be put in place.
  • November 26, 2012
    "FDA halts operation at peanut butter plant"
    "The Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor Monday, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law."
  • November 20, 2012
    "Illness count rises in E. coli outbreak"
    "The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in New York linked to organic spinach and spring mix has spread to four more states, raising the number of illnesses to 28."
  • November 15, 2012
    "FDA: Company shipped tainted peanut butter"
    "A New Mexico peanut company linked to a recent salmonella outbreak distributed peanut and almond butters after its own internal testing showed the products were contaminated, the Food and Drug Administration says."
  • September 19, 2012
    "Foodborne Illness Victim Becomes a Poster Child For Change"
    "The first thing Pocatello resident Jeff Allgood will tell you about his son Kyle is that he was always in a hurry. Kyle was born in the Allgood family's upstairs bathroom because he arrived faster than an ambulance could. He was a quick learner and walked and talked well before he was expected to."
  • September 13, 2012
    "Q&A: Viera girl, 14, warns others after her salmonella fight"
    "Eleven years have passed since Dana Dziadul nearly died from eating cantaloupe tainted with salmonella. The foodborne illness left the freshman at Holy Trinity with lingering health problems, but also a commitment to fight for change."
  • September 09, 2012
    "FDA Warns Iowa Egg Firm Over Bacteria"
    "A company that promised to clean up Iowa's egg industry after a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 said Friday that a recent government safety inspection discovered the bacteria in two of its barns and that it took steps to protect consumers."
  • September 05, 2012
    "Melon growers inaugurate food-safety plan"
    "California cantaloupe growers say they escaped a major marketing setback during the height of their harvest season, as consumers did not overreact to a salmonella outbreak traced to melons grown in Indiana."
  • August 29, 2012
    "Salmonella at Indiana farm matches outbreak strain"
    "A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed two Kentucky residents, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday."
  • July 28, 2012
    "Food-borne illnesses not diminishing, CDC finds"
    "Little progress has been made in combating many types of food-borne illnesses in recent years, according to new federal data, an outcome that food safety advocates say underscores the need to put into place the landmark food-safety bill signed by President Obama more than a year ago."
  • July 24, 2012
    "Illinois Second-Most Affected State From Foodborne Illness"
    "In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act. This act was supposed to begin a total overhaul of the FDA, including something that food safety advocates had been wanting for years: the power to order recalls of contaminated food."
  • July 17, 2012
    "White House under fire for delays on food safety rules"
    "The Food Safety and Modernization Act ushered in the most sweeping food safety changes in 70 years. But the White House Office of Management and Budget has failed to meet at least three statutory deadlines to review and present rules on new safety standards for high-risk produce and imported foods, among other measures."
  • July 17, 2012
    "Groups Urge Action on Food Safety Law"
    "Ten consumer groups that helped promote a landmark food safety law passed in 2010 say the Obama administration is holding up the rules that would put it into effect, a delay they say could cost money and lives this summer, the peak season for food contamination outbreaks."
  • July 17, 2012
    "Families, health advocates urge Obama to act on food safety"
    "Families, public health advocates and consumer groups called on the White House on Tuesday to implement delayed provisions in a food safety law they say would help prevent some of the nearly 3,000 deaths caused by food-borne illnesses each year.'
  • June 11, 2012
    "Officials probe E. coli outbreak"
    "A mysterious and scattered outbreak of the E. coli bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses, including a child's death, health officials say."
  • June 08, 2012
    "E. Coli Hits 11 as Officials Race Against the Clock"
    "Georgia officials who are just beginning their investigation of an E. Coli outbreak are racing against the clock to solve the mysterious food poisonings before the epidemic spreads, with the number of cases now at 11 across four southern states."
  • June 05, 2012
    "Egg Producer Knew of Salmonella Months Before Massive Recall"
    "The egg producer whose eggs were linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 2,000 people was told that hens at its farms were contaminated four months before the salmonella outbreak led to the recall of 550 million eggs."
  • May 21, 2012
    "Mexican papaya alert continues, as do recalls"
    "Scrutiny of whole fresh Mexican papayas for salmonella and other pathogens continues, with shipments routinely held and rejected at the border after the Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert August 2011."
  • May 08, 2012
    "Heavy Metal Rocker Sues Over Sushi Outbreak"
    "A heavy metal band's lead singer says he was rocked by food poisoning while on tour. Now he's suing a California company over a recalled sushi product that allegedly made him sick."
  • May 03, 2012
    "Third-deadliest U.S. food outbreak was preventable, experts say"
    "The contaminated melons were shipped out and distributed across the country through an efficient system that took them to hundreds of supermarkets and retailers, and then into people's homes. The sick, the elderly and pregnant women were the most vulnerable."
  • April 26, 2012
    "200 now sick in salmonella sushi outbreak"
    "At least 200 people in 21 states and Washington, D.C., now have been sickened by raw scraped tuna contaminated with not one but two rare strains of salmonella, government health officials reported Thursday."
  • April 23, 2012
    "How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water"
    "We'd probably like to think that clean, safe food goes hand in hand with pristine nature, with lots of wildlife and clean water. But in the part of California that grows a lot of the country's lettuce and spinach, these two goals have come into conflict."
  • April 15, 2012
    "FDA criticized for secrecy in food-illness probes"
    "Public health officials in Colorado and Minnesota privately vented frustration and derision at the FDA for going easy on food producers through "hypocritical" silence, and for failing to pluck the "low-hanging fruit" of pathogen knowledge available in an outbreak probe."
  • April 10, 2012
    "FDA chief wants more inspectors at Savannah port"
    "The Food and Drug Administration's top official said Monday she wants more inspectors at the booming Port of Savannah, where the agency keeps a lookout for safety hazards ranging from spoiled fish to counterfeit drugs."
  • April 04, 2012
    "Report: U.S., peers must cooperate on import safety"
    "Food and drug regulators in the U.S., Europe and other developed countries should offer training, technology and expertise to developing nations in Asia, Latin America and other regions to better assure the safety of imported products, states a new report."
  • April 03, 2012
    "FDA probes salmonella that has sickened 90 people"
    "Federal health officials are investigating a growing outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Food and Drug Administration memo."
  • March 14, 2012
    "Food imports blamed for disease outbreaks"
    "Nearly half of all food borne disease outbreaks in 2009 and 2010 were caused by imported food according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control."
  • March 14, 2012
    "Study: Imported Food Increasingly Causing US Illness"
    "Imported food is making Americans sick more frequently than ever, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The increase in illness comes as the U.S. increases its consumption of food from other countries."
  • March 04, 2012
    "Safety concerns, industry changes push U.S. to rethink approach to food inspection"
    "The USDA and the FDA are under pressure to overhaul their dramatically different procedures, in essence bringing them closer together. There’s a growing recognition among food-safety experts that the government can be smarter about tackling food-borne hazards that sicken one in six Americans each year and kill about 3,000."
  • February 27, 2012
    "Safety Concerns Sprout up"
    "Just when you thought you were doing a good thing for your health by adding more greenery to salads or sandwiches, food safety experts are cautioning against the consumption of raw sprouts."
  • February 09, 2012
    "Recall Reveals An Egg's Long Path To The Deli Sandwich"
    "More than 1 million eggs bound for supermarkets, delis and convenience stores have been recalled since late January for possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that causes fever, nausea and diarrhea, and can be deadly in children and the elderly. No illnesses have been reported."
  • February 06, 2012
    "Local firms await new standards"
    "Food processors are bracing for a new set of federal regulations designed to reduce lethal episodes of contamination, like those triggered last year by tainted cantaloupes and peanut butter."
  • January 31, 2012
    "F.D.A. Seeks to Shut Cheese Factory in Queens"
    "The Food and Drug Administration is trying to shutter permanently a cheese factory in Queens whose owners failed to clean up the plant after a potentially deadly bacteria was discovered on more than one occasion, according to the government."
  • January 13, 2012
    "Tainted juice episode calls FDA capabilities into question"
    "The Food and Drug Administration is holding all orange juice being imported into the United States at the border while it tests for contamination with a fungus-killing chemical. The episode is raising questions about the ability of the overstretched agency to protect the safety of the U.S. food system, critics say."
  • January 11, 2012
    "Produce tied to a third of major outbreaks in 2011"
    "There were 16 significant or unusual multistate outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. in 2011, with five of them involving fresh produce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual year in review."
  • January 12, 2012
    "FDA: Fungicide In Orange Juice Is Not A Health Risk"
    "The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up testing of orange juice after finding traces of a chemical fungicide that is not approved for use in the United States. Regulators are holding 13 shipments of imported juice at ports until tests are completed. Even so, officials say the fungicide residue does not present a public health threat."
  • December 22, 2011
    "New law will boost food safety controls"
    Consumer groups are hoping a new federal law will help shield the food chain from contaminants like the recent E. coli outbreak that sickened 60 people, including 23 in St. Louis County, and prompted a lawsuit.
  • December 21, 2011
    "Tiny listeria survivor comes home for Christmas"
    "The premature girl from Fishers, Ind., is one of the tiniest victims of last summer’s deadly listeria outbreak in cantaloupe, which sickened 146 people, including 30 who died."
  • December 14, 2011
    "FDA faulted over state inspections"
    "The Food and Drug Administration is relying more often on states to inspect food plants but is failing to properly monitor those state inspections or follow through on their findings, the Department of Health and Human Services watchdog has concluded."
  • December 08, 2011
    "Lettuce from one farm blamed for E. coli outbreak"
    "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that romaine lettuce from a single farm is likely to blame for an E. coli outbreak in Missouri and nine other states."
  • December 08, 2011
    "E.coli report cites lettuce in outbreak"
    "Romaine lettuce from one harvest at a single farm was the likely culprit of the E. coli outbreak that sickened 60 people across 10 states this fall, according to a federal report released Wednesday."
  • December 05, 2011
    "Omaha man sues for listeria contamination"
    "An Omaha man who says he was made ill with listeriosis from contaminated Colorado cantaloupe is suing the grower, the distributor, a lab that audited the farm for food safety and Kroger Co., the owner of Baker's Supermarket, where he bought the contaminated melon."
  • December 01, 2011
    "FDA funding boosted through lobbying effort"
    "An unusual alliance of consumer advocates and industry groups won a victory this month when they helped persuade Congress to boost funding for the Food and Drug Administration, while most other programs paid for by a newly passed agriculture spending bill had their money slashed."
  • November 24, 2011
    "Food safety inspections give false sense of security"
    "A Colorado cantaloupe farm linked by federal regulators to one of the deadliest food outbreaks since the 1920s was graded as having "superior" safety practices just one month before consumers became ill from eating the fruit."
  • November 23, 2011
    "Cantaloupe deaths point to inadequate inspections"
    "A Colorado cantaloupe farm linked by federal regulators to one of the deadliest food outbreaks since the 1920s was graded as having 'superior' safety practices just one month before consumers became ill from eating the fruit."
  • November 21, 2011
    "Target scrambles to line up new egg suppliers"
    "Egg shortages were reported at some Target stores after the retailer ended its relationship with a producer accused of animal cruelty, and the company scrambled Monday to line up new suppliers before Thanksgiving."
  • November 18, 2011
    "FDA cracks down on McDonald's egg supplier"
    "McDonald's Corp. has dumped one of its key egg suppliers after citations from the Food and Drug Administration and hidden-camera video exposed cruelty by farm workers."
  • November 17, 2011
    "Grocery loyalty cards help trace food-borne illness source"
    "Food safety officials are increasingly finding value in plumbing shoppers' food buying habits through these loyalty cards when they're faced with food-borne illness outbreaks across communities and even states that seem to have no obvious links."
  • November 07, 2011
    "Wal-Mart Listeria Suit Prompts Costco Checks"
    "In late August, Charles Palmer ate cantaloupe bought at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) store in Colorado. Two weeks later, he began feeling sick, then became unresponsive and was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed a listeria infection."
  • November 05, 2011
    "Durbin warns of cuts on food safety"
    "U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said potential funding cuts that would help the nation's budget would come at the expense of safe food."
  • November 03, 2011
    "FDA Officials In China To Plug New Food Safety Law"
    "Fifteen percent of the food Americans eat is imported, including 80 percent of the seafood, and two-thirds of the fruit and vegetables. Our current food safety system can't even begin to keep tabs on the 24 million shipping containers loaded with food that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates arrived this year from overseas."
  • October 30, 2011
    "Deadly melons renew food safety focus; will money follow?"
    "It took more than a decade, a series of deadly outbreaks tied to food like peanuts, spinach and ground beef, as well as a coalition of strange bedfellows -- victims, public health advocates and food industry representatives -- to push through the first major revamp of food safety laws since the 1930s."
  • October 26, 2011
    "Food safety concerns apply to local, organic items, too"
    "Shoppers nervous about foodborne illnesses may turn to foods produced at smaller farms or labeled "local," "organic" or "natural" in the hopes that such products are safer. But a small outbreak of salmonella in organic eggs from Minnesota shows that no food is immune to contamination."
  • October 21, 2011
    "Listeria-linked cantaloupe farm had rated high in audit"
    "The farm whose cantaloupes were behind the nation's deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in 25 years got a top score -- 96% -- from a firm auditing the plant's sanitation practices six days before the first person fell ill."
  • October 20, 2011
    "Listeria Outbreak Traced to Cantaloupe Packing Shed"
    "A nationwide listeria outbreak that has killed 25 people who ate tainted cantaloupe was probably caused by unsanitary conditions in the packing shed of the Colorado farm where the melons were grown, federal officials said Wednesday."
  • October 17, 2011
    "Listeria outbreak devastates Calif. cantaloupes"
    "Instead of picking the melons and supervising a work crew, Dora and David Elias of Mendota were unemployed -- laid off along with hundreds of others as the cantaloupe listeria outbreak traced to Colorado rippled across the nation."
  • October 14, 2011
    "Giant Eagle recalls lettuce on listeria threat"
    "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told Giant Eagle about the presence of listeria in a routine test of Giant Eagle Farmer's Market eight-ounce package of shredded iceberg lettuce, the company said in a statement dated on Wednesday and appearing on the FDA website."
  • October 11, 2011
    "FDA reveals details of foreign farm inspections"
    "About half of all foreign farms supplying produce to the U.S. and inspected by the Food and Drug Administration in recent years have had a written food safety plan, and nearly all had worker hygiene training in place."
  • October 11, 2011
    "Listeria Outbreak: Why More of Us Didn't Get Sick"
    "I ate a lot of cantaloupe in the weeks before a listeria outbreak led to a recall in September. And probably like many of you out there, I found myself wondering: Is there any chance that I ate some of the contaminated melons?"
  • October 07, 2011
    "New sleuths for food safety"
    "Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration are searching fields in Colorado's Rocky Ford region for clues as to how cantaloupes grown there this summer caused at least 100 illnesses and 18 deaths. But if a new law had been in place, they might have been there before the outbreak."
  • October 05, 2011
    "Lettuce recall expands"
    "True Leaf Farms has expanded its voluntary recall of romaine lettuce from 90 to 2,498 cartons due to possible listeria contamination."
  • October 02, 2011
    "Long road from farm to fork worsens food outbreaks"
    "The recent listeria outbreak from cantaloupe demonstrates one likely cause of large-scale occurrences of serious illnesses linked to tainted food: the long and winding road what we eat takes from farm to fork."
  • September 28, 2011
    "FDA Needs Money to Fight Cantaloupes of Death"
    "In case you haven't heard, now even cantaloupe can kill you. A bacteria called listeria contaminated cantaloupes in Colorado (say that three times fast), turning the delicious melons into orange orbs of death."
  • September 27, 2011
    "Deaths From Cantaloupe Listeria Rise"
    "At least 12 people in seven states have died after eating cantaloupe contaminated with listeria, in the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the United States in more than a decade, according to public health officials."
  • September 25, 2011
    "Listeria threat lingers despite recall"
    "The company whose cantaloupes were linked to listeria contamination voluntarily recalled its produce weeks ago, but there's a reason the number of reported cases can keep growing, health experts say."
  • September 21, 2011
    "Produce importer in food safety fight"
    A giant in the produce business pushes back against FDA's handling of canteloupe warnings over the summer, which some fear could put consumers at risk.
  • September 15, 2011
    "Colorado farm says Listeria found in cantaloupe"
    "The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for cantaloupes from a Colorado farm after investigators probing a deadly Listeria outbreak found a contaminated melon in a store, the first time the bacteria has been linked to cantaloupe in the U.S."
  • September 09, 2011
    "Why your food isn't safe"
    "Each year, contaminated food sends 128,000 victims to the hospital, and it kills 3,000 children and adults. How the safety net failed them - and how to protect your family."
  • September 07, 2011
    "Senate coughs up $50 million for FDA food safety efforts"
    "Senate appropriators cut the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, leaving meat inspection funding flat, but added $50 million for the Food and Drug Administration to staff up with a few food-safety inspectors."
  • August 31, 2011
    "IBM boosts food safety with software"
    "International Business Machines Corp. researchers in Beijing are developing new software to help consumers and companies track - from production to dinner plate - the food they eat to avoid contamination pitfalls that have plagued food manufacturers and consumers globally."
  • August 28, 2011
    "Register investigation: Egg farms rack up violations"
    "One year after 1,900 people were sickened and a half-billion Iowa eggs were recalled, government inspectors continue to find unsanitary conditions and inadequate protections against salmonella on Iowa's egg farms."
  • August 25, 2011
    "Del Monte sues FDA to lift melon ban"
    "In an attempt to overturn a U.S. Food & Drug Administration 'Import Alert' that effectively prevents Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. from importing cantaloupes from its Guatemalan supplier, the produce company filed a lawsuit Aug. 22 against the federal agency in U.S. District Court in Maryland."
  • August 23, 2011
    "Food safety in China, and the risk to the U.S."
    "A report published in June by the Food and Drug Administration makes it clear that imports from China are increasing in theS - and that the FDA is underfunded and under-equipped to deal with it."
  • August 09, 2011
    "Feds tour Riverhead farms in run up to new food regs"
    "Some bigwigs from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture toured two farms in Riverhead and one in Mattituck Tuesday hoping to get input from local farmers for the FDA's new Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law Jan. 4."
  • July 06, 2011
    "FDA seeks $1.4 billion for food-safety law as budget faces cuts"
    "The Food and Drug Administration, charged with preventing E. coli outbreaks similar to the one that sickened thousands in Europe, is trying to wedge $1.4 billion for a new food-safety law into a budget that Republicans have already cut for next year."
  • June 20, 2011
    "F.D.A. confronts challenge of monitoring imports"
    "The Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, has repeatedly expressed alarm about the waves of imported food and drugs overwhelming her organization's ability to monitor them."
  • June 14, 2011
    "Food safety concerns on the table"
    Food safety expert Erik Olson discusses the potential impact on food safety if Congress does not fund the new Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • May 30, 2011
    "Food safety advocates decry FDA cuts"
    "Budget cuts proposed by House Republicans to the Food and Drug Administration would undermine the agency's ability to carry out a historic food-safety law passed by Congress just five months ago, food safety advocates say."
  • May 16, 2011
    "Report faults FDA over risks from imported seafood"
    "The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job ensuring that imported seafood doesn't pose health risks to Americans, failing to properly assess foreign producers and inspect the products they ship to the U.S., according to a congressional research report released Monday."
  • May 05, 2011
    "FDA and food safety: Always something to chew on"
    "At a time when President Obama has asked federal agencies to scale back on imposing new regulations, the Food and Drug Administration seems to be moving full steam ahead, at least on food safety."
  • April 28, 2011
    "Report ranks top sources of illness related to foods"
    "Poultry contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria is the food-pathogen combination that causes the most foodborne illness in the United States, sickening more than 600,000 people a year at a cost of $1.3 billion, according to a new report."
  • April 28, 2011
    "Campylobacter-contaminated poultry top pathogen-food combo in UF study"
    "With the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) this past January, researchers at the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at the University of Florida looked at what pathogen-food combinations had the greatest public health and economic impact in a report published Thursday."
  • April 18, 2011
    "Recipe for food safety"
    The Food Safety Modernization Act strengthens FDA's authority to regulate imported food, but potential budget cuts could delay the increase in surveillance.
  • March 30, 2011
    "R.I. man in 80s dies from salmonella"
    "A man in his 80s from Providence County died of salmonella on March 23, but the state Health Department has not confirmed whether he ate pastries from DeFusco’s Bakery."
  • February 28, 2011
    "Wyoming couple advocates for safer food"
    A personal tragedy inspired Ken and Polly Costello to meet with lawmakers and other food safety advocates to encourage stricter safety standards.
  • February 23, 2011
    "Osterholm: Food safety improvements overblown"
    "A Minnesota infectious disease expert says the nation hasn't made any significant progress on food safety in a decade, despite what Americans may have heard in recent months."
  • February 21, 2011
    "Climate change said threat to food safety"
    "The safety of the world's food supply is under threat from climate change and the damage is going to get worse unless action is taken, a U.S. researcher says."
  • February 14, 2011
    "Dingell urges funding approval for food safety law"
    "Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has urged Congress to approve the $1.4bn of funding estimated to be necessary to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which President Obama signed into law on January 4."
  • February 14, 2011
    "Budget 2012: Food and Drug Administration"
    "Under the President's proposed 2012 budget, the Food and Drug Administration would get $2.7 billion, an increase of $147 million compared to the 2010 budget of 2.6 billion."
  • February 11, 2011
    "New food safety law protects whistleblowers"
    "Food industry workers who become whistleblowers gained protection against retaliation from their employers with a little-noticed provision in the sweeping food safety law President Barack Obama signed last month."
  • January 31, 2011
    "10 things the FDA won't tell you"
    "The Food Safety Modernization Act, passed this month, gives the agency much-needed muscle to inspect high-risk foods and products and immediately pull them off the market if needed."
  • January 24, 2011
    "Minnesota rated high for detecting, reporting food illness"
    "When it comes to detecting and reporting food-borne illnesses, Minnesota gets an A — and did so well it was used as a benchmark in grading other states — according to a report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest."
  • January 19, 2011
    "U.S. shoppers wary about China food safety"
    "As the United States implements a new law aimed at strengthening oversight of the food consumers eat, shoppers worry about the safety of products imported from China, Mexico and Africa."
  • January 16, 2011
    "Focusing on food safety"
    "With millions of Americans getting sick every year from eating contaminated food, the federal food safety bill signed into law this month gives new powers to regulators to safeguard the nation's food supply."
  • January 12, 2011
    "Culver calls for state rules on eggs"
    "On the way out of office, Gov. Chet Culver called Tuesday for state egg regulations to prevent a recurrence of the salmonella outbreak last summer that rocked the egg industry."
  • January 09, 2011
    "Consumer 10.0: Food safety finally gets its due"
    "Lots of factors helped push the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act over the finish line more than a dozen years after it was first proposed - including an unusual alliance that teamed consumer advocates, victims groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Philadelphia's Pew Charitable Trusts."
  • January 06, 2011
    "Obama signs food safety bill"
    "President Obama on Tuesday signed a food safety bill sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin that hands the Food and Drug Administration new power to battle food borne illness -- before it happens."
  • January 05, 2011
    "Obama signs $1.4B food safety measure"
    "President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday new food safety regulations that are the biggest change to industry oversight in more than 70 years as Republicans vowed to fight the cost."
  • January 04, 2011
    "Obama to sign bill to improve nation's food safety"
    "In an indication of coming tensions with the GOP-controlled House, President Barack Obama on Tuesday was signing into law an overhaul of the nation's food safety system as Republicans talked of withholding $1.4 billion needed to put the new requirements into place."
  • January 04, 2011
    "Obama to sign food safety bill"
    "President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law the most-sweeping overhaul of America's food safety system since 1938 after he returns to Washington on Tuesday from a family vacation in Hawaii."
  • December 26, 2010
    "House sends food safety bill to president"
    The House has passed a sweeping bill aimed at making food safer following recent contaminations in peanuts, eggs and produce, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.
  • December 23, 2010
    "U.S. food-safety laws overhauled"
    President Barack Obama is expected to sign, perhaps as early as Wednesday, new legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unprecedented powers to keep the nation's food supply safe.
  • December 21, 2010
    "House passes overhaul of food laws"
    "The House of Representatives gave final approval on Tuesday to a long-awaited modernization of the nation's food safety laws, voting 215 to 144 to grant the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over food production."
  • December 19, 2010
    "Food-safety measure passes Senate in Sunday surprise"
    A bill that would overhaul the nation's food-safety laws for the first time since the Great Depression came roaring back to life Sunday as Senate Democrats struck a deal with Republicans that helped overcome a technical mistake made three weeks ago and a filibuster threat that seemed likely to scuttle the legislation.
  • December 19, 2010
    "Senate OKs food safety measure"
    "The Senate on Sunday night cleared a food safety package, curbing earlier fears the popular bill would die by the end of this session..."
  • December 17, 2010
    "Fate of food-safety bill bleak"
    "A sweeping food safety measure heralded as a rare Senate victory just a few weeks ago looks like it might fall to the cutting room floor..."
  • December 15, 2010
    "CDC: Tainted food sickens 48 million each year"
    Foodborne illnesses kill 3,000 Americans every year and make 48 million sick, and most are never identified, U.S. health officials reported on Wednesday as Congress prepared a major food safety overhaul.
  • December 11, 2010
    "Unsafe eggs linked to U.S. failure to act"
    Public health officials closed the books this month on an outbreak of salmonella illness that had sickened more than 1,900 people since May and led to the largest recall of eggs in U.S. history.
  • December 09, 2010
    "Food safety passes House, skulks back to Senate"
    On Wednesday, the House passed the most recent Senate version of the bill -- but it did so as as part of a larger bill to fund the federal government for the next several months. Now the whole package heads to the Senate.
  • December 09, 2010
    "Food-safety overhaul rides on funding bill"
    The biggest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades took a major step toward becoming law on Wednesday when House Democratic leaders folded it into a must-pass bill to fund the U.S. government.
  • December 03, 2010
    "Food-safety bill hits trouble"
    Senator and House leaders expect to spend the weekend looking for a way around a technical snafu that could scuttle a broadly supported food-safety bill over two years in the making.
  • December 02, 2010
    "Technicality puts food-safety measure on ice"
    A procedural mistake has at least temporarily delayed a food-safety bill approved Tuesday by the Senate that was expected to sail through the House and be signed into law.
  • December 01, 2010
    "Procedural problem threatens food safety bill"
    A procedural problem is threatening to derail a landmark food safety measure passed by the Senate on Tuesday, sending congressional leaders scrambling to figure out a way to get the bill enacted into law by the end of the lame-duck session this month.
  • December 01, 2010
    "Senate acts on food safety"
    A bill giving federal regulators broad new powers over food safety passed the Senate on Tuesday, marking the first big response in Congress to contamination scares in recent years.
  • November 30, 2010
    "Senate passes overhaul of food safety regulations"
    The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.
  • November 30, 2010
    "Senate passes sweeping food-safety bill"
    After stalling for more than a year, a sweeping food-safety bill passed with bipartisan support in the Senate on Tuesday, paving the way for increased federal inspections and other preventative measures.
  • November 30, 2010
    "Senate expected to vote on food safety bill"
    The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on legislation that would revamp food safety, give significant new authority to the Food and Drug Administration, and place new responsibilities on farmers and processors to keep food free from contamination.
  • November 29, 2010
    "Foodmakers backing $1.4 billion food-safety bill"
    "More than a dozen companies that lobbied Congress on a sweeping food-safety bill had recalled their food products in the past two years, including for food-borne illnesses lawmakers are targeting."
  • November 28, 2010
    "Senate set to vote on rigorous food safety bill"
    The Senate is set to vote Monday night on the biggest changes to food safety laws in 70 years, handing vast new authority to the Food and Drug Administration to regulate farms and food processors.
  • November 19, 2010
    "Senate fails to vote on food-safety bill"
    The Senate failed to vote as planned Thursday on passage of a bill to overhaul the nation's food-safety system and grant new powers to the Food and Drug Administration, a delay that may threaten the legislation.
  • November 17, 2010
    "Proposed food safety bill good for 'everyone who eats'"
    A sweeping food safety bill intended to curb food-borne illness advanced in the Senate on Wednesday even as a proposed amendment to limit a controversial chemical found in food and drink containers died.
  • November 17, 2010
    "Senate moves forward on food safety bill"
    The Senate has voted to move forward on a far-reaching food safety bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent foodborne illnesses.
  • November 17, 2010
    "5 ways the food safety bill would affect you"
    Safer food and more accountability from food companies are the goals of the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, which could be approved by the Senate as soon as this week.
  • November 16, 2010
    "Senate to vote on food safety bill"
    Congress gets a last bite at much-delayed though broadly supported food safety legislation in its lame-duck session this week.
  • November 16, 2010
    "Senators aim to move ahead on food-safety bill"
    The Senate is scheduled to vote as early as Wednesday on a long-delayed food-safety bill that gives new authority to the Food and Drug Administration, amid signs that the bill might have a path to get through Congress before the end of the year.
  • November 15, 2010
    "Senate poised to act on food safety"
    The Senate appears poised to act on food safety legislation this week, but questions remain about the fate of a controversial amendment that would exempt some small operations.
  • November 05, 2010
    "Salmonella concerns prompt pasta salad recall"
    A Corona company is recalling more than 7,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products because the cilantro in the salad may be contaminated with salmonella.
  • November 03, 2010
    "FDA says tainted celery linked to San Antonio"
    After conducting their own investigation into a deadly outbreak of listeriosis, federal health officials confirmed Wednesday that the source was a San Antonio produce company temporarily shut down by the state.
  • November 03, 2010
    "FDA tests confirm listeria at Texas food plant"
    Federal health officials found the listeria bacteria at a San Antonio food processing plant that Texas authorities have linked to four deaths from contaminated celery, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
  • October 29, 2010
    "New egg safety plans unveiled"
    Egg producers and government regulators are separately taking steps to improve egg safety in the wake of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that was tied to farms in Iowa.
  • October 26, 2010
    "US food safety overhaul in legislative limbo"
    If there was any silver lining to the salmonella outbreak that led to the largest egg recall in United States history over the summer, it was hope that the incident would spur Congress to push through long-delayed legislation to overhaul the nation's food safety system.
  • October 22, 2010
    "Shuttered Texas food plant awaits results from FDA"
    The results of tests done at a Texas food processing company that was shuttered by state health authorities after contaminated celery was linked to four deaths will likely come next week, a Food and Drug Administration official said Friday.
  • October 22, 2010
    "Conflicts of interest mar food producers' independent inspections"
    The voluntary quality control system widely used in the nation's $1 trillion domestic food industry is rife with conflicts of interest, inexperienced auditors and cursory inspections that produce inflated ratings, according to food retail executives and other industry experts.
  • October 19, 2010
    "Local must be safe, panelists say"
    Retailers and foodservice providers love to sell locally grown fruits and vegetables, but not at the expense of food safety.
  • October 14, 2010
    "Post-recalls, a new way to clean the greens"
    The produce industry — rocked by several major recalls in recent years linked to outbreaks of salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria — has been searching for a better way to wash the lettuce, spinach and other greens it bags and sells in grocery stores and to restaurants.
  • October 09, 2010
    "Under Obama, a reinvigorated FDA"
    Within a recent two-week span, the Food and Drug Administration weighed in on the controversial issue of genetically engineered salmon, announced tighter controls on a popular anti- diabetes drug, and rebuked the makers of popular mouthwash products over misleading advertisements.
  • October 07, 2010
    "FDA Vows to Improve Food Safety"
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct. 6 released its Regulatory Science Report that outlines the agency's plans to advance regulatory science through its Regulatory Science Initiative.
  • October 04, 2010
    "Tester Seeks to Amend Food Safety Bill"
    Montana's U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced an amendment to exempt certain small farm operations from regulations in the upcoming Food Safety Bill.
  • September 29, 2010
    "Federal Food Safety Legislation Hits New Snag"
    In the wake of the recent egg salmonella scare, the U.S. Senate appeared ready to vote on S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, despite widespread opposition from groups representing small farms and small food processing facilities.
  • September 25, 2010
    "Fried, Scrambled, Infected"
    Last week, Austin J. DeCoster, one of the country’s biggest egg farmers, was asked by a Congressional committee how eggs from his Iowa farms had sickened thousands of people nationally with a bacterium called Salmonella enteritidis. His answer: "This is a complicated subject."
  • September 24, 2010
    "Tester visits PEAS farm to discuss food safety bill amendments"
    As harbingers of harvest season gusted in on a cool Rattlesnake Valley wind, Montana Sen. Jon Tester took a moment on Friday afternoon to plant a few last seeds of support for his amendments to Senate Bill 510, the so-called Food Safety Bill.
  • September 22, 2010
    "Congressmen question egg producers on recall"
    Two of more than 1,500 consumers sickened by salmonella contamination that prompted the recall of 500 million eggs told a Congressional committee their horror stories today as officials of two egg companies apologized to legislators skeptical they had really reformed.
  • September 22, 2010
    "Egg Producer Says His Business Grew Too Quickly"
    An Iowa egg producer at the center of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella apologized to a Congressional panel on Wednesday and acknowledged that his family operation had become “big quite awhile before we stopped acting like we were small.”
  • September 22, 2010
    "Owner of Iowa egg farm won't testify at hearing"
    The owner of one of two Iowa egg farms linked to as many as 1,600 salmonella illnesses declined to testify at a congressional hearing Wednesday, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
  • September 23, 2010
    "Apology, but little progress in egg-recall hearing"
    Lawmakers investigating the biggest recall of contaminated eggs in U.S. history made little progress Wednesday in getting to the bottom of the salmonella outbreak as they questioned senior officials of the company at the center of the problem.
  • September 23, 2010
    "Egg farmer 'sorry' for salmonella illnesses"
    Before a congressional panel and consumers sickened by tainted eggs from his Iowa agribusiness, Austin "Jack" DeCoster said Wednesday that he was sorry for causing what has become the biggest national outbreak of salmonella illness on record.
  • September 22, 2010
    "Iowa egg farmers face questions on salmonella outbreak"
    Before a congressional panel and consumers sickened by tainted eggs from his Iowa agribusiness, Austin "Jack" DeCoster said Wednesday that he was sorry for causing what has become the biggest national outbreak of salmonella illness on record.
  • September 22, 2010
    "House Hearing Turns Into Food Fight"
    A House committee hearing on salmonella and the recent egg recall deteriorated at times into a partisan sniping match over a long-pending food safety bill that has stalled in the Senate.
  • September 22, 2010
    "Impasse on food-safety bill"
    A bipartisan food safety bill hit another road block Wednesday night, with Democrats and Republican Tom Coburn offering dueling consent agreements for approval only to find themselves right where they started: no deal.
  • September 21, 2010
    "Food safety bill might be next for Senate"
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is pushing to bring a food safety bill to the Senate floor — a strong signal that Democrats don't have the votes necessary to move forward with a defense authorization package currently under debate.
  • September 20, 2010
    "Quick action urged on food-safety bill"
    A broad coalition of business and consumer groups is requesting that the Senate schedule a vote on food-safety legislation "at the soonest possible date."
  • September 20, 2010
    "Big biz, consumers ally on food safety"
    Consumer advocates and big business are at odds more often than not but they’re getting together this week to call on senators to pass a food-safety bill before they Washington to campaign.
  • September 18, 2010
    "Senate Bill on Food Safety Is Stalled"
    After his mother died from eating contaminated peanut butter, Jeff Almer went to Washington to push for legislation that might save others from similar fates. And then he went again. And again. And again.
  • September 18, 2010
    "Egg recall didn't get food bill moving"
    Consumer advocates hoped this summer's salmonella outbreak would force the Senate to take up the stalled food-safety bill. But now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won't act on the legislation until after the election.
  • September 16, 2010
    "China vows harsh penalties for food safety crimes"
    China warned Thursday that the worst offenders of food safety rules would get the death penalty in a new crackdown on an industry that has spawned embarrasing and deadly scandals in products ranging from seafood to baby formula.
  • September 16, 2010
    "Eggs from farms tied to DeCoster found locally"
    In the aftermath of the recent salmonella scare, some major supermarkets in New England said they don’t sell eggs produced by farms owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster, the man at the center of the largest egg recall in US history.
  • September 16, 2010
    "Inquiry on egg farms in Maine"
    Three egg producers in Maine that supply many New England grocery stores are under scrutiny by congressional investigators because of their ties to Austin "Jack" DeCoster, whose Iowa farm was at the center of the recent egg recall.
  • September 15, 2010
    "GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill"
    A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it.
  • September 14, 2010
    "Experts say big egg farms can mean big problems "
    From the first days of the recent recall of 550 million eggs from two Iowa farms, one issue about large-scale agriculture has been clear: When something goes wrong on a big farm, it's going to be a big problem.
  • September 14, 2010
    "Lawmakers demand answers on egg recall"
    Energy and Commerce Democrats on Tuesday wrote to the owner of an Iowa egg farm linked to a recent salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,519 people to demand answers about positive salmonella tests at the farm prior to the recent incident.
  • September 14, 2010
    "House panel: Records trace Iowa egg farm salmonella to 2008"
    Records show that an Iowa egg producer involved in a massive recall reported 426 positive tests for salmonella between 2008 and this year, including 73 samples potentially contaminated with the strain that has sickened 1,519 people so far, a House committee says.
  • September 14, 2010
    "Salmonella at Egg Farm Traced to 2008"
    A major egg producer linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 1,500 people conducted tests as far back as 2008 that indicated the possible presence of the dangerous bacteria in its henhouses, according to records released on Tuesday by Congressional investigators.
  • September 14, 2010
    "Dems say food safety bill close"
    Senate Democrats say they are on the brink of passing a sweeping food safety overhaul the House approved more than a year ago — but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is set to block a final push from the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to reach a consent agreement on the bill.
  • September 14, 2010
    "Government food safety scientists report political, corporate interference"
    "Scientists and inspectors at the federal agencies responsible for food safety say they face political and corporate interference with their work, according to a survey released Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonpartisan advocate for unbiased science in government."
  • September 14, 2010
    "Egg-loving salmonella bacteria have been sickening people for decades"
    "The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States."
  • September 14, 2010
    "Fears led to crackdown on egg safety in Maine"
    "Maine officials worried so much about a salmonella outbreak from Jack DeCoster's egg operations that they forced him to take steps to stop the contamination, including hiring a staff veterinarian."
  • September 13, 2010
    "New FDA modernization bill hopes to prevent food recalls"
    "A massive egg recall has a company calling for better food regulations. A non-profit company says the Food and Drug Administration needs to do more to make sure residents aren't getting sick from the food we eat."
  • September 13, 2010
    "New Food Safety Bill Likely to Pass"
    "A new bill being put to the United States Senate zeroes in on "bad actors" in the food industry. Currently, the FDA can tell a company to recall suspect food, but if that company refuses to comply (i.e., 'acts badly'), the FDA has limited ability to force follow-through."
  • September 13, 2010
    "Leahy introduces food-safety bill"
    "Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday introduced a bill that would create a new criminal offense for any individual or corporation that knowingly distributes tainted food products."
  • September 12, 2010
    "Bill targets 'bad actors' in U.S. food industry"
    "A bill aimed at busting 'bad actors' among the nation's food producers and at establishing a Minnesota-style model for tracing the sources of foodborne illnesses could pass the U.S. Senate within weeks, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Sunday."
  • September 13, 2010
    "Food-safety bill running out of time"
    "If a bill that would reform the Food and Drug Administration does not pass by the end of this session of Congress, it will need to start all over next year."
  • September 08, 2010
    "AP Exclusive: Back to Work After Salmonella Case"
    "The peanut industry executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed in asalmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more is back in the business."
  • September 08, 2010
    "Where the Salmonella Really Came From"
    "It's been nearly one month since the nationwide recall of 550 million eggs, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still hasn't figured out where the salmonella that sickened 1,470 people originated."
  • September 05, 2010
    "Son of Salmonella Casualty Speaks to U.S. Senate"
    "As people across the metro enjoy barbecues this Labor Day weekend, the safety of food continues to be a hot topic. Just this past week a major settlement was reached for three Minnesota families who lost loved ones during the peanut butter salmonella outbreak less than two years ago."
  • September 04, 2010
    "Eggs and salmonella contamination"
    "As the scope of the nationwide salmonella outbreak expanded late last month, farmers market vendors reported rushes on locally produced eggs and people with backyard flocks were sitting smug."
  • September 03, 2010
    "Egg farmers: Good managing can help control salmonella"
    "There is nothing small scale about Pearl Valley Eggs, deep in the heart of Illinois farm country. The egg farm itself, two miles south of the nearest town, is a neat collection of 350-foot- and 450-foot henhouses covered in white steel siding."
  • September 02, 2010
    "Food Safety A "Priority" For Senate: Reid Aide"
    "Passing food safety reform legislation this year is a 'priority' for the Senate, said a spokesman for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, as Congress feels pressure from consumer groups to act following the latest recall to highlight weaknesses in the system."
  • September 02, 2010
    "Investigation Broadens in Egg Recall"
    "The criminal division of the Food and Drug Administration and the Justice Department have joined the probe of the Iowa farm at the heart of the recent egg recall linked to an outbreak of salmonella, according to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg."
  • September 14, 2010
    "FDA inspecting feed ingredient supplier"
    "FDA inspectors are investigating the Minnesota rendering operation that supplies an ingredient used in hen feed at the Iowa egg farms linked to the national salmonella outbreak."
  • September 01, 2010
    Op-Ed: "Cleaning the Henhouse"
    Nicolas Kristoff of The New York Times looks back on his childhood days on a family farm to understand the recent outbreak of Salmonella linked to unsanitary conditions on egg farms.
  • September 01, 2010
    "FDA's Safety Role in Question After Egg Recall"
    The NewsHour's Betty Ann Bowser reports on limited authorities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Allan Coukell, deputy director of medical safety for the Pew Health Group, was interviewed for the story.
  • August 29, 2010
    "DeCosters in Iowa: A checkered legacy "
    The Des Moines Register investigates the history of the DeCoster family, founders of the Wright County Egg company linked to a recent outbreak of Salmonella.
  • August 28, 2010
    "Egg recall puts spotlight on food safety"
    Tim Darragh and Andrew McGill of The Morning Call look into how the recent outbreak of Salmonella linked to eggs is calling attention to food safety legislation reform in Congress.
  • August 24, 2010
    "We Need a Food Safety Bill Now"
    Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, describes the critical need for a food safety bill.
  • August 25, 2010
    "Egg Recall Could Put Food Safety On Agenda"
    One of the largest egg recalls in the nation's history is casting new light on food safety legislation stalled in the Senate, and bill advocates hope the incident could push the chamber to take quick action when lawmakers return in September.
  • August 25, 2010
    "Egg crisis piques interest in food-safety bill"
    The outbreak of salmonella in eggs is energizing efforts to pass a long-stalled food-safety bill that could prevent or mitigate such problems, according to federal officials, congressional supporters and independent experts.
  • August 24, 2010
    "Food bill could boost Reid in Nevada"
    Senator Harry Reid, facing a tough reelection battle back home, could curry some serious favor with Nevada voters if he moves a food safety bill, according to a recent poll.
  • August 19, 2010
    "Salmonella Egg Recall Expanded"
    Bill Whitaker of CBS News reports on the largest salmonella outbreak from eggs. Erik Olson, Deputy Director, The Pew Health Group, Food Portfolio was interviewed for the story.
  • August 18, 2010
    " Egg Recall Expanded After Salmonella Outbreak"
    An Iowa company on Wednesday broadened a nationwide recall of its eggs to 380 million after some of its facilities were linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people across the country.
  • August 19, 2010
    "Egg recall renews questions on battling salmonella"
    Hundreds of people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in three states and possibly more, and health officials have dramatically expanded a recall to 380 million eggs.
  • August 18, 2010
    "Ongoing salmonella outbreak prompts egg recall"
    A national outbreak of salmonella in eggs has sickened hundreds of people since May and appears to be ongoing, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.
  • August 17, 2010
    "Two Takes on the Senate Food Safety Bill"
    Marion Nestle, author and professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, shares her comments about the latest version of S. 510.
  • August 13, 2010
    "Senate food safety bill edges toward vote"
    Lawmakers released a bipartisan agreement on the Senate’s food safety bill on Thursday, signaling that it is likely to be debated in the Senate when it reconvenes in September.
  • August 16, 2010
    "Amid Chinese Food Scares FDA Has Limited Scope"
    U.S. safety inspectors have never had better access to China’s food and pharmaceutical supply chain than they do now. With China the fourth-largest source of imported agricultural products for the U.S. in 2009, inspection has never been more important.
  • August 12, 2010
    "Senators Agree on Framework of Food Safety Bill"
    A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they have reached agreement on legislation designed to enhance the safety of the nation's food supply, setting the stage for the full Senate to take up the measure later this year.
  • July 26, 2010
    "Kids most vulnerable in E. Coli outbreaks"
    A study by the California Department of Public Health shows that the rate of E. coli infection cases in 2008 was at least 12 times higher in children ages 1 to 4 than in adults 25 and 54.
  • June 28, 2010
    "Inspectors find safety flaws where airline food is prepared"
    The world's largest airline caterer LSG Sky Chefs annually provides 405 million meals worldwide for more than 300 airlines. Recently, FDA inspectors say, live roaches and dead roach carcasses "too numerous to count" were found inside the Denver facility.
  • June 13, 2010
    "U.S. Drops Inspector of Food in China"
    Organic food from China has increasingly found its into American stores, but organic food from a country that many associate with food safety scandals and loose regulation is cause for consumer concern.
  • June 11, 2010
    "Outbreaks drive new FDA rules"
    The FDA hopes sweeping rules designed to closely track how growers, packers, shippers, distributors and retailers handle the produce Americans eat will ensure safer food.
  • May 24, 2010
    "E. coli outbreak shows need for reform"
    Congressman John Dingell, D-Mich., held a telephone briefing with reporters last Wednesday to discuss the recent E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce.
  • May 13, 2010
    "Is it safe to eat lettuce amid E. coli outbreak?"
    Douglas Powell, an associate professor of food safety at Kansas State University and the publisher of Barfblog.com, feels safer buying his produce at bigger grocery chains with more accountability.
  • May 12, 2010
    "FDA Tries to Catch Up on Food Safety"
    If approved, the FDA's budget for food safety programs for the next fiscal year would rise to $1.4 billion, an increase of $326 million.
  • May 06, 2010
    "Food-Borne Illnesses Sicken Thousands Each Year"
    Dangerous strains of bacteria -- found in ground beef, leafy greens and peanut butter -- commonly contaminate our foods, and there hasn't been much progress in getting them out of our food supply.
  • March 27, 2010
    "Food recalls often unpublicized"
    Congress is asking if supermarkets could be better at notifying customers of food recalls by tapping data collected through store loyalty cards and store club memberships.
  • March 22, 2010
    "Basic Food salmonella case renews interest in legislation"
    The recent salmonella contamination revived attention in the FDA Food Safety bill, according to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, Sandra Eskin, Director of the Food Safety Campaign of the Pew Charitable Trusts and others on Capitol Hill.
  • March 12, 2010
    "Brown works to add teeth to proposed food safety bill"
    In 2009, the Galion (Ohio) Health Department had 30 suspected cases of foodborne illness; however, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Wednesday he is working for swift approval of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • March 08, 2010
    "Food Summit Action"
    The Atlantic discusses their Food Summit, held last week at the Newseum. Highlights included a food safety panel featuring Erik Olson and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg's keynote speech on agency funding.
  • February 23, 2010
    "Local Mom Pushing for Tougher Food Regulations"
    Erin Stadler ate a contaminated piece of cheese at her baby shower that made her and her unborn child deathly ill. She will be traveling to Washington D.C. next week to talk with senators about passing tougher food regulations.
  • February 19, 2010
    "Expect more U.S./China farm trade tension"
    Chinese exports are predicted to become a greater source of trade tension as China becomes a bigger global market player for labor-intensive farm crops such as soybeans.
  • February 16, 2010
    "Why Some Foods Are Riskier Today"
    Without modernized food safety laws, there is only so much consumers can do to protect themselves. Sandra Eskin, director of the food safety campaign at the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts, explains why we must provide the FDA with the tools it needs to prevent problems.
  • February 08, 2010
    "New methods aim to keep E. coli in beef lower all year"
    Kansas State University theorizes that animals carry higher levels of E. coli during the summer months; industry and researchers are turning their sights to knock E. coli down to winter levels all year round.
  • February 01, 2010
    "Food Companies Face Fees Under Obama Budget Proposal"
    Under a proposal included in the FDA budget, food companies and drug makers could face more than $250 million in new fees to be used for the review of applications for generic drugs and to improve inspections of food facilities.
  • January 26, 2010
    "American Heart Association sets new goals"
    According to an American Heart Association news release, 54% of Americans say they have been told by a health professional that they are at risk for heart disease. Now, the Association is relying on consumers to eat more produce to improve cardiovascular health.
  • January 22, 2009
    "FDA May Get More Power Over Food Safety"
    To remind lawmakers of promises made when contaminated peanut products killed 9 and sickened 700, a letter from the victims was delivered to the Senate last week.
  • January 21, 2010
    "Panel concerned about food safety"
    Members of the Governor’s Council on Food Safety will be sending letters to Gov. Dave Freudenthal, cautioning against expansion of the cottage food exemption in Wyoming.
  • January 20, 2010
    "FDA looks to shift food-safety focus upstream"
    Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor says the agency aims to curtail cases of food poisoning, which sickens at least 76 million Americans a year.
  • January 19, 2010
    "No illnesses from hazelnut salmonella recall"
    The Oregon Department of Agriculture says they've received no reports of illnesses associated with last month's recall of hazelnuts; about 45,000 pounds of nuts were recovered by the recall.
  • January 13, 2010
    "Nation at Food Safety 'Tipping Point'"
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Michael Taylor says there are several "fundamental questions" for both FDA and its partners outside of government that must be answered.
  • January 12, 2010
    "Inside the FDA: Food Safety in 2010"
    From the field, to the lab, to the office, Michael Taylor discusses fundamental questions that will lead to necessary changes in the way FDA and FDA partners prevent foodborne illness and outbreaks.
  • January 12, 2010
    "For Some, Kosher Equals Pure"
    Amidst heightened concern over food contamination, allergies, additives and ingredients, the market for kosher food among non-Jews is currently setting new records.
  • January 10, 2010
    "Protection of Food Supply Faces Problems"
    As part of the CBS News series "Where America Stands," a recent poll found that just one in three Americans are very confident that the food they buy is safe.
  • January 12, 2010
    "FDA Web site explains agency operations to public"
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a Web site to disseminate FDA operations procedure to consumers in an effort, according to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, to make the agency more accessible to the public.
  • January 08, 2010
    "It's Foodborne Illness Day at the New York Times"
    Several New York Times employees became ill with gastrointestinal symptoms, and the Times Company is working with the New York City Department of Health and Restaurant Associates to determine if the cause of these symptoms was food-based.
  • January 07, 2010
    "China Tainted Milk Problem Kept Secret for Months"
    China enacted a food safety law early last year following the 2008 tainted milk scandal in which six children died and more than 300,000 fell sick after drinking baby formula contaminated with an industrial chemical. Now, authorities must immediately tell the public when food products have been found unsafe for consumption.
  • January 04, 2010
    "Sestak to introduce bill on food-recall notification"
    U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont, said he intends to introduce improved communications between federal food oversight agencies and food-recall notification protocols for schools in a companion bill to legislation U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced in September.
  • January 03, 2010
    "Hot food issues ready to boil over this year"
    Nutrition and public policy expert Marion Nestle answer's reader's questions and lists the 10 hot-button issues in 2010: hunger, childhood obesity, food safety regulation, food advertising and labels, meat, sustainable agriculture, genetically modified foods, chemical contaminants, salt, and new dietary guidelines.
  • December 30, 2009
    "We Need a Stronger Food Safety System"
    Des Moines Register guest columnists commend Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin for leading his colleagues in unanimously approving the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) in committee.
  • December 21, 2009
    "Food Safety Tops List of Stories in 2009"
    Food safety concerns topped the list of food stories of 2009. Issues involving E. coli in ground beef and salmonella in nuts as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an estimated 76 million cases of foodborne illness annually in the U.S., hospitalizing more than 300,000 and killing 5,000.
  • December 21, 2009
    "The 76 Million Food Victims"
    An editorial from The New York Times, which appeared in print on December 21, 2009, on page A30 of the New York edition.
  • December 20, 2009
    "Food safety laws in need of updating"
    During this holiday season, Kathleen Chrismer, her family and many others throughout Nevada and the rest of the country share a common hope: improved safety of our food supply.
  • November 12, 2009
    "Food-borne ills can have lasting consequences"
    The five most common food-borne diseases can cause life-long complications including kidney failure, paralysis, seizures, hearing or visual impairments and mental retardation, Researchers at the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention have found.
  • November 10, 2009
    "3 Years After E. Coli Outbreak, Is Spinach Safer?"
    Three years after an E. coli outbreak, thought to be linked to spinach, took three lives and left 205 people sick, Good Morning America discovered there are no requirements to test salad products before they get to market.
  • October 23, 2009
    "FDA Seeks Funds for Food Safety"
    FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that the agency wants Senate bill, S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, to look more like legislation the House approved July. The legislation would require the FDA to act proactively toward outbreaks of illness due to food contamination.
  • October 23, 2009
    "Food Safety Reform Bill Near Reality"
    In Waterloo, Iowa, it took Karen Hibben-Levi six months to recover from eating contaminated lettuce in a Taco John's burrito in December 2006. When the Senate health committee announced hearings for legislation that would give the FDA legal authority to recall contaminated food, she was grateful to witness the broad, growing bipartisan support for an overhaul of the nation's food safety system.
  • October 22, 2009
    "Bill Giving FDA New Powers to Oversee Food Supply Has Wide Support"
    Pending legislation requiring the Food and Drug Administration to increase inspections of food facilities, to issue new rules to improve the quality of imported food and to combat contaminants in fresh produce has wide bipartisan support and hinges on a rare agreement between consumer groups and the food industry.