Food Safety

5:00am

Fri November 29, 2013
Agriculture

Regulators Beef Up Labels For Meat

The pork cooler at a Hyvee grocery store in Columbia, Mo., is full of meat. New rules that just went into full effect force meatpackers to detail where much of this meat was born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

5:00am

Fri November 8, 2013
Science

Consumers Lost In The Middle Of Scientific Food Battles

Panelists, including Frances Moore Lappe (second from left), speak to a symposium at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Hot-button food issues of the day, such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock, tend to pit large industries against smaller activist groups. Often, both sides will claim the science supports what they are saying. That can leave consumers, most of whom aren’t scientists, in a bit of a bind.

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2:00pm

Fri November 1, 2013
Health

Study: FDA Food Safety Delays Cost Colorado, Nation

Salmonella bacteria, a common cause of foodborne disease, invade an immune cell
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

A new report says despite a 2011 law meant to protect consumers, the incidence of foodborne illness in the U.S. has remained stagnant over the past year.

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4:01pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Agriculture

Cantaloupe Farmers Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges

Cantaloupes were the culprit in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed more than 30 people.
Credit News21-National / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Colorado farmers who distributed cantaloupes infected with listeria two years ago pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges Tuesday. Jensen Farms, located outside Holly, Colo., was the source of the outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide.

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3:05pm

Thu October 3, 2013
The Salt

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:38 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's PulseNet service monitors clusters of sickness linked to potentially dangerous strains of foodborne pathogens such as E.coli or salmonella.
Reed Saxon AP

As we reported Tuesday, the government shutdown is pushing the nation's food safety system to its limits.

For instance, there is normally a team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet. This team identifies clusters of sickness linked to potentially dangerous strains of pathogens such as E. coli or salmonella.

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