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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about the salmonella
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 – 22:09 | Comments Off
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about the salmonella

Setton Pistachio’s stupid manufacturing trick isn’t quite in the league of Peanut Corporation of America, which knew its products were tainted with salmonella but shipped them anyway.
At least Setton reroasted pistachios that tested positive for …

Isn’t it about time for food safety reform?
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 10:11 | Comments Off

More than 100 years after Franklin Roosevelt pushed new food safety laws, virtually everyone agrees it isn’t working.
When Kraft supports giving the Food and Drug Administration recall powers, something is amiss.
When the president creates a …

Homemade is best – except at school
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 1:17 | 9 Comments
Homemade is best – except at school

My eyes turned pea green with a world-class case of baking envy tonight when I saw the darling treats a friend had made for her daughter’s birthday celebration at school.
Elizabeth over at Parenting Pink and …

It’s official: No one knows where food comes from
Sunday, 29 Mar, 2009 – 0:15 | 2 Comments
It’s official: No one knows where food comes from

Befuddled by exactly where that yogurt you’re about to eat came from?
You’re in good company. According to a report released Friday, even federal inspectors with access to an array of government and industry records were …

Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels
Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2009 – 23:57 | 3 Comments
Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels

Talk about good evidence but the wrong assumption.
New test results presented this week at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting showed that 2 percent of foods without any type of allergy …

If the FDA can’t do better than mass confusion, put someone else in charge
Saturday, 14 Mar, 2009 – 9:20 | Comments Off
If the FDA can’t do better than mass confusion, put someone else in charge

Food and Drug Administration left hand, meet the Food and Drug Administration right hand. You two need to talk.
Right hand says we’ll look at banning children’s cold medicine because some parents misuse it. The reason: …

If the salmonella doesn’t make you sick, Peanut Corporation of America will
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 0:09 | One Comment
If the salmonella doesn’t make you sick, Peanut Corporation of America will

So much to be outraged over in the peanut-butter recall, so little time.
So let’s just hit the high spots, first with the Cliff’s Notes of what can be considered nothing less than a massive systemic …

3-plus years of silence a new low for even the FDA
Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2009 – 0:59 | Comments Off
3-plus years of silence a new low for even the FDA

Food and Drug Administration to-do list for Tuesday:

Write news release about the dangers of Venom Hyperdrive 3.0, a diet drug that contains a controlled substance.
Add five company statements to the list of products recalled as …

Food allergies are not just hysteria
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 11:10 | 3 Comments
Food allergies are not just hysteria

It started with an article in British Medical Journal in which an American doctor claimed parents are in the grip of a “nut hysteria” that is fueling irrational fears about allergic reactions to peanuts.
The doctor, …

The FDA and food labels — it’s worse than I thought
Friday, 21 Nov, 2008 – 14:46 | Comments Off
The FDA and food labels — it’s worse than I thought

Warning: The blog you are about to read contains the rantings of someone irrational nearly to the point of insanity on this particular issue. Reader discretion is advised.
Because I receive email alerts from the Foot …

Quick food info a happy accident
Monday, 10 Nov, 2008 – 14:06 | Comments Off
Quick food info a happy accident

It’s a great example of getting food recall information to consumers in time to help. Too bad it appears to have been an accident.
Sometime Friday, Nestle USA figured out that two product codes of Strawberry …