Say No to Raw Dough

My wife and daughter occasionaly will snack on raw cookie dough before baking a batch of cookies. I’ve warned them several times not to do that, because raw flour can be contaminated with e.coli and salmonella bacteria (from raw eggs in the flour), both of which can make you very sick.  But my warnings have generally […]

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Defining A Foreseeable Hazard

A central tenet of the new food safety law is a responsbility for food manufacturers to thoroughly inspect their plant facilities to uncover “foreseeable hazards,” not otherwise defined. Why is this important? We’ll, because over time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done enough plant inspections to understand that manyh food contamination incidents and […]

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Seafood for Thought

Given all that going on in the country today, it’s hardly surprising that a new law involving fish received little notice. But it should, and here’s why. For years, a growing percentage of seafood imports to the United States — for both human consumption and animal feed — has come from Southeast Asia, Thailand in […]

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Is Food Safety Regulation Necessary?

The Food Safety Modernization Act, enacted in 2011 but just now being implemented, would seem at first glance to be the type of federal action that many say hurts the economy and stifles economic growth. We’ve all heard the complaint (it’s a staple of the Presidential campaign): there’s too much regulation, and business must be freed […]

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Is Vox the New Voice of Journalism?

By Paul Bernish (UPDATE) — A little over a month after writing this initial review of Vox.com, I’ve re-visited the site.  The headlines are all intentional grabbers (“The whole Story of GM’s Faulty Ignition Switches”), but the articles themselves are really rehashes of previous reports both on Vox iteself and other media.  There’s also a […]

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