Agriculture Feed

Strawberries, spinach, and kale top this year’s Dirty Dozen list for pesticide residue, but raisins are worse

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the United States contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2020 Dirty Dozen. This year’s Dirty Dozen are: Read more →

Meat industry wins another round in its continual efforts to cut back federal meat inspection programs despite sharply increasing hazardous recalls

Tyson Foods received a waiver from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service from requirements for government inspectors at a Kansas beef slaughter plant. It will allow Tyson to rely on company employees, rather than government inspectors, to conduct some inspection services. Read more →

Scientists call for the elimination of hazardous chemicals that come in contact with food, such as in food packaging

Many chemicals can migrate into food from packaging and equipment used to manufacture and process food. Some of these chemicals are known to have hazardous properties such as carcinogenicity, toxicity for reproduction, persistence and bioaccumulation, or endocrine disruption. Read more →

Ads for 2020 Super Bowl mostly violent, unimaginative

For some reason, the Super Bowl this year seemed to be so violent and sexist. I'm not a football fan, but I watch the Super Bowl every year to comment on the ads to see if they continue to be violent, sexist, and ageist. This year, the game itself and the ads this were so violent, with dozens of ads for violent TV shows and violent movies. Read more →

Consumers, businesses need to reject single-use food packaging, group says

Consumers overlook the environmental impact of food packaging. If concern about climate change, the environment, or your personal health are factors in what to eat, it’s important to realize that those issues also are factors when it comes to food packaging. Read more →

Top consumer stories for 2019

As usual, most of the end-of-the-year, round-up articles are about national issues or corporations. If consumers are mentioned, it’s usually about how they’re responding to some corporation. For the most part, it’s been a grim year for consumers. Read more →

Hard-boiled eggs from Almark Foods’ Gainesville plant are being recalled due to link to listeria outbreak

Almark Foods is recalling bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs that were produced by its plant in Gainesville, Georgia, due to a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to the eggs, the company announced Friday. Read more →

Eight consumers sickened in three states from E. coli linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits

State and federal agencies are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits. The eight people infected are from North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Read more →

Eating organic food for a week can reduce pesticide levels in the body, study shows

I’m a big proponent of organic foods. My dad, Minor H. Slingsby, died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was a farmer. I didn’t know non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was linked to pesticide exposure when my dad was diagnosed with the disease. Read more →

USDA rule speeding up pork lines and reducing inspectors should be set aside, consumer group and union argue

The USDA’s rule lifting the lid on line speeds and reducing the number of government safety inspectors by 40 percent at pork slaughter and processing plants should be set aside, lawyers from Public Citizen and United Food and Commercial Workers said in a lawsuit. Read more →