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Food Safety

The public is very confused about Food Safety.  Many folks have been conditioned by marketers to believe myths.  Unfortunately, like the more conventional food marketers, even the "health food" marketers get caught up in "stretching the truth."  For instance, I've seen candy bars on display at conventions for nutritionists that had hydrogenated oils in them.  Guess what the nutritionists were gobbling up.  Yeah.  Disgusting.  There is a lot of smoke and mirrors in the "organic" label business.  I could beat this horse for awhile.  The point is, food safety is more complicated than most folks know.  By and large, food in the USA is amongst the best in the world for food safety.  But we all must be careful because the cleanest home kitchens are rarely as clean as food processing plants.  So, these articles will be prompted by news articles and the commentary is designed to explore the big picture.

 

Aflatoxin in Pet Food

This is a copy of a release from Pet Product News.

Wet Summer Leads to Aflatoxin Recalls of Dog Food

Posted: Feb. 9, 2012, 12:05 p.m. EST

A wet weather pattern in the Midwest and Central United States contributed to a rash of recalls by dog food manufacturers due to aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit.

Mad Cow in USA

Fourth USA Case of Mad Cow

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 – USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford today released the following statement on the detection of BSE in the United States:

Cattle Blamed for Tainted U.S. Spinach

UNITED STATES: FDA traces the contaminated spinach, which sickened nearly 200 people, to a beef cattle ranch in California.

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted consumers about fresh spinach that may have been contaminated with E. coli.  The FDA later determined that the contaminating bacteria was E. coli O154:H7 – the same deadly strain that often contaminates ground beef.

Hot Dogs, Cured Meats Are Safe: AMIF

UNITED STATES: American Meat Institute Foundation President James Hodges responds to yesterday’s MeatNews article on recent research regarding a possible connection between nitrates in hot dogs and cancer.

The August 16 issue of MeatNews contained an article titled “Hot Dogs Linked to Cancer” that highlights research by Dr. Sidney Mirvish of the James Hodges, president of the American Meat Institute Foundation, Washington, D.C., issued the following comments about this MeatNews article: