Does anyone in Washington realize that people will die if these budget cuts are instituted?

The round-the-clock nattering on cable channels and blog sites about the often politically motivated desire to slice the federal budget drowns out this reality: Lives will be lost if these cut are made. You have to wonder whether the Republican-controlled … Continue reading

We finally have a new food safety law. So why are the Republicans alrealy trying to gut it?

It took 73 years to finally pass updated laws designed to  protect America’s food supply from lethal bacteria and the fraud, sloppiness, and mishandling of food processors. The battle over the language was hard fought yet still effective. The demanded … Continue reading

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

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.

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

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

Heists of meds and costly baby formula soar and feds worry about dangers to consumers.

Some well-organized gangs are showing the sort of criminal skill and chutzpa usually found only on the big screen as they thwart elaborate alarm systems, drop through warehouse roofs and empty shelves.  They aren’t stealing electronics or jewels. These nervy … Continue reading

Rare test to identify actual origins of honey is now done in U.S. and can aid in caching Chinese smugglers

Until recently, anyone needing to confirm that the liquid golden syrup they had bought from overseas brokers was actually honey and not an altered and mislabeled blend from China had to queue up at a couple of very busy analytical … Continue reading