An Inside Glance at Food Recalls

In my nearly 17 years as spokesperson for The Kroger Co., I had more than my share of food recalls to deal with. Most involved products from food manufacturers or produce items, but on a few occasions, the recalls were for Kroger-brand products. Oftentimes, in managing media communications tasks on these recalls, I worked alongside […]

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Eating Out on Calorie Counts

Surprise! Unless something really out-of-the-ordinary happens, chain restaurants will have to list the nutritional information of the foods they serve, beginning on May 5. Why is this a surprise? Because the menu labeling law is embedded in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as “Obamacare” — and almost everyone thought the law would be […]

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Is There Such a Thing as a Food Safety Culture?

Note: This article first appeared on http://www.sagefoodsafety.com Is there such a thing as a food safety “culture?” If so, what would it be? In a presentation at a food safety conference recently, then-acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff observed that for the new food safety law to succeed, there needed to be a “food safety culture” […]

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Government Leaks in Pursuit of Trump

Donald Trump’s  apparent flirtation with all things Russian has put him squarely in the sights of the mainstream media, which is pursuing government leaks with almost righteous vengeance. Right now, the Trump team is under siege by a press corps that is acting like a slumbering attack dog that was suddenly kicked into action. Its […]

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The Long-Running Standoffs Between the President & the Press

One month into the Trump Administration, you’d think that the sour relationship between the President and the news media covering him is “unprecedented” in its ugliness and vitriol spewing from both sides. Time out. Although the current standoff is ugly and increasingly shrill, it is by no means unusual. In fact, since John Adams, the […]

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