Roughly 1 in 4 packages of meat, poultry across U.S. contained multi-drug resistant staph in survey; risk is that we handle it badly, and transfer that staph onto our bodies, into our homes

By Maryn McKenna 2011-04-15

Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans leads list of processed and fresh foods in BPA content, scientists find in analysis of foods; toxin linked to heart disease, diabetes, reproductive ills

By Eryn Brown

Los Angeles Times 2010-11-02

Fashion for screw-cap wines undermines renewable cork forest management strategy, could lead to extinction of rarest wildcats and loss of 100,000 jobs, experts say

By Louise Gray

Telegraph (UK) 2010-07-16

FDA inspections of food plants, enforcement down; agency blames inadequate staffing, resources

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2010-04-07

Nanotech's promise - and addition to food products - comes with little federal regulation, no labeling despite growing number of studies expressing safety concerns

By Andrew Schneider

AOL News 2010-03-24

Bart Hoebel, senior researcher on study that links high-fructose corn syrup to obesity in rats, parries criticisms of nutrition professor

By Jennifer LaRue Huget

The Washington Post 2010-03-26

Small-scale slaughterhouses ride wave of consumer demand for meat from local farms in reaction to food safety scares, inhumane treatment videos

By Samuel Fromartz

The Washington Post 2010-03-17

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, subject of recall over salmonella taint, is used in thousands of processed foods as flavor enhancer

By Monica Eng

Chicago Tribune 2010-03-06

Salmonella fears prompt recalls of thousands of processed foods; officials say recall could be largest in history

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2010-03-05

Newly patented sugar-derived epoxy lining could replace bisphenol A in can linings

By Rory Harrington News Media 2010-03-04

Two-part tomato scheme included bribes that likely pushed ingredient prices up and shipping of tainted products to Kraft, others

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2010-02-25

USDA updates its "safe and suitable ingredients used in the production of meat and poultry products"

USDA 2010-02-04

Secrecy, scarcity of research on food-related nanotech worries UK science panel

By Kate Kelland

Reuters 2010-01-07

Opinion: Senate bill a step toward new system of food safety

The editors

The New York Times 2009-12-21

Senator wants BPA ban in food containers for young children

New York senator proposes ban of BPA (bisphenol A) in food packaging for children aged three and younger. Under BPA-Free Kids Act, children's food, beverage containers containing BPA would be considered a banned hazardous substance; bill also would allow for appropriation of $25 million over five years to fund research into effects of BPA exposure on all age groups and pregnant women. And: BPA commonly found in in coatings for inside of cans containing foods, in water bottles, baby bottles and some dental fillings (click 'See also').

By Rory Harrington News Media 2009-11-18

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E.coli traced to producer that doesn't test for deadly bacteria

E. coli outbreak that has killed two people, sickened 500 others traced to ground beef producer that stopped testing ingredients years ago under pressure from beef suppliers. USDA has banned e.coli 0157.H7 but doesn't require meat companies to test for it; trimmings used to make ground beef are more susceptible to contamination because pathogen thrives in cattle feces that can get smeared on surfaces of whole cuts of meat. Grinders typically use trimmings from multiple suppliers; only ingredient testing, when it uncovers E. coli, enables grinders to identify slaughterhouse that shipped contaminated trim. Slaughterhouses have resisted independent testing by grinders for fear of recalls.

By Michael Moss

The New York Times 2009-11-13

Opinon: BPA, canned food, plastic containers - and case of the willies

Evidence of harmful effects of BPA (bisphenol A), a synthetic estrogen, isn't conclusive, but justifies precautions. Chemical, found by Consumer Reports in almost all the brand-name canned foods tested, linked to miscarriage, heart disease, diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities. We're cutting down on use of plastic containers to store or microwave food, and I'm drinking water out of a metal bottle. In my reporting, I've come to terms with threats from warlords, bandits and tarantulas. But endocrine disrupting chemicals -- they give me the willies. And: Testimony to Congress on BPA vs phthalates (click 'See also').

By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times 2009-11-08

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Orange juice demand ramps up as swine flu continues

Orange juice demand ramps up as swine flu continues


Swine flu, now present in 46 states, plus approaching winter season increases demand for orange juice, but Florida orange crop expected to be 16 percent smaller than last year after cold snaps last winter were followed by drought conditions, citrus disease. And: Immune boosters during cold/flu season include yogurt with probiotics, lemon juice, garlic, and brightly colored fruits and vegetables, especially orange ones like sweet potatoes and carrots (click 'See also').

By Tom Sellen

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-11-02

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FDA OKs nutrient-rich baobab fruit as ingredient

FDA OKs nutrient-rich baobab fruit as ingredient

Beverly Joubert/National Geographic

Baobab fruit - with tart flavor between grapefruit, pear and vanilla; and rich vitamin, mineral, antioxidant content - OK'd by FDA as ingredient. Adansonia digitata, or 'upside-down' tree, grows primarily in Africa, is touted as natural, sustainable, fair trade option. And: In Africa, tree leaves are eaten as a vegetable, and the seeds can be eaten raw or roasted, or ground to make an edible oil and thickener for soups and stews (click 'See also'). Fruit can be peeled, sliced and cooked, or roasted, mashed or pureed.

By Rod Addy News Media 2009-09-11

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BPA-free canned beans, but tomatoes lagging at Eden Foods

Michigan-based Eden Foods made costly switch to bisphenol-A-free can linings for its beans in 1999. The Ball Corporation uses enamel made from vegetable resins. 'I didn't want BPA in food I was serving to my kids, my grandkids or my customers,' says Mike Potter, founder and president. Eden's tomato products still packaged in BPA-containing cans.

By Nena Baker

Environmental Working Group/enviroblog 2009-07-14

Pilgrim's Pride idles plant to reduce chicken supply, raise prices

As demand for chicken declines, bankrupt Pilgrim's Pride idles Georgia processing plant that provided 1,000 jobs, $300,000 in annual county tax revenues. It also shuns prospective buyers, saying that selling to competitor wouldn't reduce chicken supply. In town, poultry insurer braces for drop in business; hospital girds for more uninsured patients. Most big chicken companies reducing output; chicken prices have increased since Pilgrim's closed its plants.

By Lauren Etter

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-06-30

Recalls grow; salmonella-linked peanut company files for bankruptcy

Salmonella-linked Peanut Corporation of America files for bankruptcy. Its Texas plant must recall all products produced there. Company's Virginia plant a concern for scientist. And: Poll finds that many consumers mistakenly believe that major brands of peanut butter have been recalled and also finds low levels of public confidence in groups involved in food production, inspection. (click 'See also').

By Kathy Lohr

National Public Radio/All Things Considered 2009-02-13

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Peanut product recall expanded to cover two years' production

Discard every product made in last two years with peanuts processed by salmonella-tainted plant in Georgia, FDA says. Already, more than 400 products have been recalled; now, contamination's impact will reach even more processed food items. One legislator calls for criminal investigation; another introduces bill to increase FDA funding, authority. Outbreak now linked to eight deaths, about 500 illnesses. And: FDA peanut butter product recalls (click 'See also').

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2009-01-29

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Tainted peanut products knowingly shipped, feds say

Peanut product plant retested some positive salmonella results but sold products anyway, sometimes after negative finding from different lab, feds say. Disclosure of internal tests not required. FDA delegated inspection to Georgia; in fiscal 2008, FDA inspected 5,930 of country's 65,520 domestic food production facilities. State inspectors test 4,500 samples yearly and have 16,000 food-processing, food-sales stores in state. And: Most of about 50 workers laid off, production shut down at troubled plant (click 'See also').

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2009-01-28

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Diet turns middle-aged problem youthful

Kidney stones a growing problem in children. Main causes are dietary - not drinking enough water, eating too much salt - and sometimes relate to obesity. Physicians cite salty chips, French fries, sports drinks and processed items - sandwich meats, canned soups, packaged meals, sodas. And: As makers of children's cereals cut sugar, they add salt, report says (click 'See also').

By Laurie Tarkan

The New York Times 2008-10-27

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California lettuce blamed for e.coli in Michigan

Michigan e.coli outbreak traced to California lettuce. Students at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and inmates at Lenawee County Jail, among others, fell ill. Some lettuce was sold by Aunt Mid's Produce Co., in Detroit.

By Tiffany Hsu

Los Angeles Times 2008-10-10

Food industry challenged to reduce meat in processed foods

As climate expert urges less meat consumption at home to reduce global warming, animal welfare group in UK challenges food industry to reduce meat in packaged items and to replace it with more vegetables, 'other more benign materials.' Group also urges using meat from animals raised more humanely. And: It takes seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef (click 'See also').

By Jess Halliday 2008-09-08

USDA can block testing for mad cow, court affirms

Appeals court says USDA can prohibit testing for mad cow disease. Small Arkansas slaughterhouse wanted to test each cow to prove to foreign markets that their beef was safe. USDA cites 1913 law, also argues that tests can't be used for marketing. And: Editors call ruling 'sane,' because test detects disease months before symptoms appear; disease incubation period is two to nine years.

By Charles Abbott

Reuters 2008-08-29

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Slaughterhouse has contentious history with USDA

Nebraska Beef, an Omaha meatpacker recalling 1.2 million pounds of beef - including some from Whole Foods - has history of food-safety and other violations and has fought USDA over plant shutdowns. Last month, it recalled more than 5 million pounds of beef. And: For recall, click 'See also.'

By Annys Shin and Ylan Q. Mui

The Washington Post 2008-08-08

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Tomato 'repacking' complicates disease tracking

Co-mingling, or repacking, tomatoes from different farms is common practice and a challenging twist to disease sleuths at FDA. It could mean that Mexican tomatoes go to Florida and are sold with tomatoes from Florida. Or box from Florida could easily be refilled with tomatoes from a box from Mexico, and vice versa, says expert. And: sampling of rejected foods from Canada, Mexico and China (click 'See also').

By Sabin Russell

San Francisco Chronicle 2008-06-28

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Time, money and e.coli

USDA's new faster, more sensitive test for e.coli will likely find more pathogen on beef, officials say. Meat processors could avoid many recalls by waiting for lab results before shipping meat out, but many 'can't afford' delay, USDA says. Meatpackers recalled 33.4 million pounds of beef for possible e. coli contamination last year; 11 of the 21 e.coli-related recalls in 2007 were results of USDA testing.

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2008-03-20

Dairy cows for burgers

Cow abuse video illustrates role of spent dairy cows in U.S. beef production - what some experts say is an old problem. 'Culled' dairy cows, often emaciated and with calcium deficiency from being milked intensively for years, make up about 17 percent of beef in food supply, Humane Society says. They also could have mastitis, foot rot, or other disorders.

By Stephen J. Hedges

Chicago Tribune 2008-03-01

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Business-busting recall

Financial troubles likely to permanently close slaughterhouse caught in sick cow abuse video that triggered nation's largest beef recall. Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing, one of 10 companies that supply beef for school lunches, received $39 million from USDA in the last fiscal year as part of the program. Sick, or 'downer' cows may not be eaten because of link to mad cow disease, a fatal illness that takes up to 30 years to appear in humans.

By David Kesmodel

The Wall Street Journal (may require subscription) 2008-02-23

Blast aftermath

Six missing workers found dead after sugar dust exploded at factory silo near Savannah; 42 injured. Site was Imperial Sugar Co.'s largest refinery; analyst says if plant remains closed for more than a few weeks, it could have an effect on domestic sugar prices. Company's brands include Imperial, Dixie and Holly.

By Alistair Holloway and Choy Leng Yeong

Bloomberg 2008-02-08

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Factory explosion

Dozens injured and six missing in sugar refinery blast in suburb of Savannah, GA. Imperial Sugar Co., with Imperial Sugar and Dixie Crystals brands, is the largest sugar processor and refiner in the U.S. and is based in Texas.

By Matthew Bigg

Reuters 2008-02-08

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Fighting a bug

In battle against e.coli, a potentially fatal food pathogen sometimes found in hamburgers, Tyson and other processors use hot water, acid and vacuums, but practical solution, except for irradiation, proves elusive.

By Andrew Martin

The New York Times 2007-12-06

Gassing meat

House committee contemplates safety and labeling of meats and fish shot with carbon monoxide during packaging to maintain the look of freshness. Tyson Foods, Safeway, Giant Food and Stop & Shop have agreed not to sell such products; Target wants a label, and Hormel and Cargill say they would label gassed products, if necessary.

Thomson Financial; Forbes 2007-11-13

Almost cornucopia

Expected corn harvest, though abundant, is adjusted downward, which will translate to higher production costs for meat, poultry, dairy, egg and processed foods. Iowa projects 2.4 million bushel harvest at 175 bushels per acre, with Illinois next at 2.3 million bushels and 178 bushels an acre.

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2007-11-09

Slow recall

As cases of Topps-related e.coli climb, USDA examines reasons why it waited 18 days to announce recall of 21.7 million pounds of New Jersey company's frozen hamburger patties; New York recall went out after first case was confirmed.

By Stephen J. Hedges

Chicago Tribune 2007-10-04

Bridge out:

Bridge out:

Pending sugar beet harvest and resulting heavy traffic pushes Minnesota to close vital bridge between farms and processing plant after cracks found in span foundation; American Crystal Sugar Co.'s factory processes harvest from nearly 1,000 producers.

Stephen J. Lee

The Associated Press; West Central Tribune (MN) 2007-08-22

No dumping:

Grand Forks city council says sugar beet residue won't smell so sweet, and bans its dumping on rented land west of the city; American Crystal Sugar Co., disagrees, saying that the sugar, which causes odor as it decays, will be gone.

The Associated Press; The Bismarck Tribune 0000-00-00

Modified sugar:

Genetically modified sugar beet seed designed to resist Monsanto herbicide is gaining popularity among growers and processors, including American Crystal Sugar Co.; Wyoming Sugar Co., and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative; farmers must pay $60 premium per acre, and GMO sugar won't carry special label.

Associated Press; CNN 2007-08-22

Seeking shelter:

Bumper crop of corn leaves farmers struggling for storage; existing facilities have more business than they can handle, and manufacturers of silos and storage equipment are stepping up production; some farmers may resort to old schoolhouses, airport hangars, caves, or even tarp-covered piles on the ground.

By Shelly Banjo

Wall Street Journal; (IL) 2007-08-18

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Organics shortage:

Despite higher profits and rising demand for organic corn and soybeans, few farmers switching over, forcing food companies to import organic soybeans from China and pay nearly double what they paid for organic corn last fall.

By Paula Lavigne

Des Moines Register 2007-08-12

Pastie power:

Some swear that Mr. Pastie's English beef-and-potato pies, now sold internationally, have magical powers; at the very least, they connect Gar Sleep, the 78-year-old company owner, to a large part of his family history.

By Sara Jerome

Pocono Record


New interactive map allows users to tract proliferation of factory farms by state and county - even number of animals - and it raises questions of whether we pursue the logic of industrialism to its limits, and how badly will it harm the landscape, the people who live in it and democracy itself?

The editors

The New York Times (may require subscription)

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Saving water

Coca-Cola, Nestle, and L├Ąckeby Water Group join other food, drink producers in UN agreement to use water more efficiently; lack of access to clean water and sanitation undermines humanitarian, social, environmental, and economic goals.

By Ahmed ElAmin

China syndrome

For mom-and-pop enterprises, food safety isn't important when the question is how to feed the family, so hidden and unregulated businesses spring up at home, behind closed doors - and they thrive.

By Audra Ang

Associated Press