Food Safety

5:59am

Tue August 12, 2014
Agriculture

Forthcoming Poultry Rules Get Mixed Reception

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled July 31 the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than 50 years.
Raul Perez Foto Flickr - Creative Commons

Change is coming to the poultry industry and not everyone is happy about it.

Until now, inspections have been governed by a law written in 1957. It’s nine pages long. The new rule — finalized recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service — fills 379 pages. Even accounting for differences in font type and size, and formatting, there’s a whole lot more in this one.

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9:08am

Wed April 9, 2014
Health

Report: Foodborne Illnesses More Likely To Come From Restaurants

Foodborne illnesses attributed to restaurants dwarfed the number of illnesses tied to in-home meals in a new report.
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You’re much more likely to get a foodborne illness eating at a restaurant than in your own home, according to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

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12:44pm

Mon April 7, 2014
The Salt

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:44 pm

The CDC is using DNA sequencing technology to get to the bottom of a listeria outbreak linked to cheese produced at a Delaware factory.
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Recall, if you will, some of the biggest foodborne illness outbreaks of the past decade. There was the nasty outbreak of listeria from cantaloupe in 2011 that killed 33 people.

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10:00am

Thu April 3, 2014
Field Notes

Four Things You Should Know About Our Food System

Despite certainty on the farm bill finally coming down from Washington, farmers still face plenty of unknowns.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use.

So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.

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1:57pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Craft Beer

Federal Rule Could Dry Up Beer Brewer-Rancher Relationship

The federal rule would classify breweries as animal food manufacturers because many breweries sell or donate leftover grains to ranchers.
Credit Ben Harris-Roxas / Flickr

Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. But that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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