New reasons not to buy meat and poultry at the local grocery.

This is a rough month for carnivores and others who like eating safe meat. Two studies tested beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from groceries in six cities from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale. What they found was enough to make … Continue reading

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

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

An almost invisible path of food poisoning.

It’s happening again. A single salmonella-contaminated food item is forcing recalls of scores of other products throughout the country. We went though this last year with contaminated peanuts from the Georgia and Texas plants of Peanut Corporation of America. PCA … Continue reading

Now it’s red pepper you need to watch out for.

Remember last year’s epic recall of salmonella-tainted peanuts? The number of food manufacturers added to the recall list grew to more than a thousand over the following weeks because, it turned out, they were all buying goobers from Peanut Corporation … Continue reading

Last year was a rough one for food safety. Will 2010 be any better?

Over the holidays I wrote about a meal we all wanted to avoid. For the appetizer: San Antonio Bay oysters polluted with Noroviruses. For the main course: grilled beef infected with E. coli from contaminated tenderizing needles; chicken with Campylobacter … Continue reading