It is illegal to “adulterate” food products. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 set up civil and criminal liability for those who do. So why aren’t we seeing the courts and prisons filling up with the guilty parties in the recent outbreaks of food borne illnesses?
Read more: Where is “Law and Order” when we need it?
The E. coli outbreak reported yesterday (August 8) linked to Oregon-grown strawberries shows how food safety is a becoming a problem for local growers. It has been reported that as many as 16 people have been sickened by eating the strawberries grown on a 35-acre farm, Jaquith Strawberry Farm in rural northwest Oregon, and 1 person has died.
Read more: Tainted Strawberries Spread E. Coli
Bill Marler, a nationally recognized food safety attorney, says “It really is long past time to put me out of business.” Listen to his comments on the audio.
Read more: Put a Food Safety Attorney Out of Business
We’re in the middle of the 2012 Farm Bill legislation negotiation, most of it conducted by city slickers who have no idea what small integrated family farms are up against. And, just this week, it was reported that the Washington Post had eliminated its food safety beat and the Des Moines Register had eliminated its Washington bureau, letting go long time ag correspondent Phil Brasher. I expect our news coverage of food and agriculture issues will soon begin to sound like this.
Read more: How I Edited An Agricultural Paper by Mark Twain
In the wake of scandals involving contaminated milk and pork, efforts are on to ensure quality. China has vowed to improve food safety laws following a series of scandals involving contaminated milk and pork.
Read more: Chinese Concerned About Food Quality; Should We Be, Too?
A virulent strain of enterohemorrhagic E. coli known as EHEC has reached across Western Europe into Russia and more than 1,200 people have been infected and 14 have died.
Read more: Deaths and Illnesses From E.coli Pit Spain Against the Rest of Europe
At Amaltheia Organic Dairy, Belgrade Montana, Mel and Sue Brown milk between 250 and 280 goats and produce award-winning organic cheeses that are sold across the United States. While the dairy and cheese plant may be small by some standards, size makes no difference when it comes to careful and sanitary handling of food products.
Read more: Food Safety is NOT a Matter of Size