November 18, 2010 |
A long-stalled food safety bill advanced in the Senate, drawing unusual bipartisan support in the wake of the largest recall of eggs in U.S. history. The Food Safety Modernization Act would increase agricultural inspections and require enhanced industry record-keeping. Wednesday's vote was 74 to 25, with all Democrats and more than a dozen Republicans in support. A final vote is expected in the coming days. Most policymakers and food safety experts agree that the regulatory system is broken, and that the bill represents the first major step in seven decades to streamline the nation's often unwieldy food safety system.
September 30, 2010 |
Spanish rider Alberto Contador has been provisionally suspended for returning an "adverse analytical finding" of clenbuterol from a urine sample taken during the Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said Thursday. The cyclist, who won his third Tour de France this year, was tested during the second rest day of the race and the second B test had confirmed the presence of clenbuterol, a banned anabolic agent, the UCI said in a statement. "The rider, who had already put an end to his cycling season before the result was known, was nevertheless formally and provisionally suspended as is prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Code," the statement said.
December 25, 2006 |
Recurring outbreaks of food-borne illness from contaminated produce are "unacceptable" in today's society, the government says. But when it comes to preventing new occurrences, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't done much of the basic research that would let it write regulations to fix the problem. Six years after the FDA first issued general guidance to the produce industry on how it might prevent contamination from microbes such as E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1997
How safe is the nation's food supply? That question comes up again with yet another incident of food contamination. This time as many as 9,000 students and school employees in Los Angeles may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus when they consumed frozen strawberry desserts late last week. The fruit came from the same batch implicated in a hepatitis outbreak in Michigan early last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1997
An illness that swept through the crew of a TV company filming a car commercial on a Hancock Park street Thursday sent 28 people to the hospital, 10 of them in serious condition, authorities said. The victims said they had just finished eating a catered meal, and some speculated that bad seafood may have caused the illness, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.
March 17, 1996 |
Last spring, sewage and chemical waste flushed into the Huai River and caused a big fish kill, at least the fourth in 18 months. "It was bad," a barge captain said. "There were dead fish all over the river." The bargeman, who identified himself only by his surname, Lin, doesn't worry about it. He still eats the river fish. Lin isn't alone.