Lawyer spends $500,000 to prove that USDA allows sale of millions of pounds of dangerous meat.

Seattle attorney William Marler, right, and Mansour Samadpour, a nationally known food scientist who heads the Seattle-based Institute for Environmental Health, the chain of laboratories that tested 5,000 samples of ground beef for strains of potentially lethal E. coli that the federal government doesn't yet consider an adulterant.                                               © photo by Andrew Schneider

It’s easy to suspect ulterior motives when a lawyer says the sky is falling or this or that can kill you.  But in the case of William Marler, who many believe is one of the nation’s leading food safety lawyers, … Continue reading

USDA may find courage to outlaw bacteria in your burgers that sickens 30,000 a year.

One of President Obama’s first initiatives was to improve the safety of America’s food supply.  The Senate has yet to pass the much-touted Food Safety bill and consumer activists say the status-quo hasn’t changed in most food safety agencies. But recent actions by USDA’s new top food safety doc,  Elizabeth Hager, my be a sign that change can happen.   Photo from Obama Foodorams

Do you ever wonder why the beef industry and government warn consumers to “cook the life out of your burgers?” To understand what’s behind these words of caution we need to discuss some facts, acronyms, how the food poisoning, especially … Continue reading

Some E-cig users don’t like the safety of their vapor-generating devices questioned

Sometimes people don’t like what I write.  That’s okay. Journalism has never been a popularity contest for me.  I write what I think people need to know. Some topics spark unbelievably vitriolic reactions.  But the stories I wrote today for  … Continue reading

A ringside look and score card for the BPA battle

Natural Resources Defense Council’s senior scientist Jeniffer Saas has cranked out another of her easily understood explanations of complex scientific brouhahas. She lays out the efforts of both sides in the seemingly unending battle to eliminate bisphenol A from consumer … Continue reading