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July 8, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
The Obama administration took a step toward modernizing the nation's faltering system for protecting the food supply on Tuesday, announcing new regulations to curb the spread of salmonella in eggs and naming a new food watchdog at the Food and Drug Administration. The changes follow President Obama's pledge to modernize a chronically underfunded and understaffed safety system that has repeatedly failed to control outbreaks of food-borne illness. -- What will egg producers be required to do?
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BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | David Lazarus
If you've eaten from a food truck or cart in Los Angeles County, chew on this: About 40% of the roughly 3,200 food trucks and carts cooking up meals in the area have never been inspected in the field by health officials since letter grades were introduced three years ago. And most of the remaining 60% have been checked out only once a year, even though official guidelines call for at least two annual field inspections. How do I know that? Because Angelo Bellomo, director of environmental health for the county Department of Public Health, told me so. He oversees inspections of all eateries, including mobile ones.
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OPINION
December 5, 2012
Re "Safe peanut butter, and more," Editorial, Nov. 29 As someone who has eaten several brands of peanut butter made at the now-shuttered Sunland Inc. plant in Portales, N.M., I easily could have been one of the 40-plus people sickened by the salmonella-tainted peanut butter the plant sent out. The blame for not fully implementing last year's Food Safety Modernization Act may rest with E. coli conservatives in the Republican Party, so-called...
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By David Pierson
A food safety group filed a lawsuit in hopes of forcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to release documents in court that could explain why the federal agency approved genetically engineered alfalfa despite its misgivings about environmental safety. The Washington-based Center for Food Safety said Thursday the USDA may have come under pressure by seed giant Monsanto Co. to grant approval of its Roundup Ready alfalfa, which is designed to withstand multiple applications of herbicide.
OPINION
June 20, 2009
Americans are past the point of regarding unsafe food as a freak occurrence or something that happens only in Third World countries. The reasons for :I54xH3He_LgJ:articles.latimes.com/2008/mar/04/opinion/ed-food4+%22lo s+angeles+times%22+The+U.S.+Department+of+Agriculture+just+issued+the +biggest+beef+recall+in+history.+%22Not+really.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2009 | Mary MacVean
Adding to the chorus seeking an overhaul of the nation's food safety system, a report issued Wednesday called on the Obama administration to put someone in charge of safeguarding the food supply and to create a Food Safety Administration. The food safety system is "plagued with problems," said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, which released the report in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down hard on the East Coast. Atlantic City, N.J., casinos have been evacuated. Jersey Shore is abandoned. Some Manhattan streets are starting to flood. The mega-storm has already smashed through construction sites, shut down stores and Wall Street and left even jaded residents slightly panicky. Vendors of essential items such as food, water, gas and batteries are prohibited from price-gouging during the tempest, warned New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1989
As a nutrition professional I wish to point out that the article by Warren J. Belaso "American Diet: Tough Habit to Break" (Medicine/Science, Dec. 11) contained many statements which do not reflect the views of nutrition scientists or registered dietitians. Supermarket food safety is reliable and if "73% in one poll" continued to think this despite the Alar pesticide scare, then they are following recommendations of nutrition professionals, not food faddists who imply the contrary. When Belaso suggests "healthy food is generally more expensive than the basic supermarket variety," he is promoting the food faddist myth that nutritious and wholesome foods are only available for a special few at a high price.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By David Pierson
Sweeping new federal food safety regulations proposed this year will be revised because of an outcry of concern by farmers, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. In an agency blog post , Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA, said rules addressing food-borne illness in production sites and farms included in the Food Safety Modernization Act will be revised and reviewed by early summer. A public comment period, which had ended in November, will be reopened.
OPINION
December 21, 2009
Farewell to a Big Brother Re "Roy E. Disney, 1930-2009," Obituary, Dec. 17 As past president of Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles and as a big brother to a fatherless kid since 1968, I can tell you that Roy E. Disney took his family's role in the agency very seriously. ( Walt Disney founded Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles in 1955.) Roy was always involved -- in many ways beyond the financial -- in helping this great agency. We will miss him. Steve Soboroff Los Angeles Clearing the air Re "Let's not go it alone," Opinion, Dec. 17 Wrong.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2014 | By Evan Halper
HUSTONTOWN, Pa. - Jim Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm - an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration - warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for the FDA to move ahead with a long-planned federal assault on deadly food poisoning.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Details of where nearly 9 million pounds of beef products recalled Saturday by a Northern California slaughtering plant were sold were scarce Monday, but a preliminary list of retailers shows that many were Latino meat markets. Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma on Saturday announced a recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef products processed at its plant over the last year and sold in California and three other states. They included whole carcasses, beef tongue, head, tripe and oxtail - cuts of meat widely used in Latino cuisine.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1-trillion farm bill, a hard-fought compromise that sets policy over agricultural subsidies, nutrition programs and the food stamp safety net for the next five years. The Senate approved the measure, 68-32, as a cross-section of farm state senators from both parties fought opposition from budget hawks and some liberals and sent the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By David Pierson
Sweeping new federal food safety regulations proposed this year will be revised because of an outcry of concern by farmers, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. In an agency blog post , Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA, said rules addressing food-borne illness in production sites and farms included in the Food Safety Modernization Act will be revised and reviewed by early summer. A public comment period, which had ended in November, will be reopened.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
Fourteen bipartisan members of the House of Representatives urged lawmakers Wednesday to block Chinese poultry from school lunches and other national nutrition programs because of the country's poor food safety record. In a letter , the 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for language in the 2014 agriculture appropriations bill to ensure chicken processed in China is not included in the national school lunch program, the school breakfast program, the child and adult care food program and the summer food service program.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to bar Chinese poultry from federal school lunch and other nutrition programs because of China's poor record on food safety. On Wednesday, 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for language in the 2014 agriculture appropriations bill to ensure that chicken processed in China is not included in the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food and Summer Food Service programs. "Children are our most vulnerable population with respect to food-borne illnesses and sensitivity to potentially dangerous chemicals," the lawmakers said in a letter to fellow members of Congress.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
The House on Tuesday gave final approval to a landmark food safety bill designed to update the system for protecting the nation's food supply and equip the Food and Drug Administration with the tools needed to monitor a complex supply chain that stretches around the world. President Obama was scheduled to sign the measure into law almost immediately. But the historic effort may run into trouble next year over an old problem ? money. The current bill does not establish a secure funding system, and Republicans, who will soon have control of the House and expanded numbers in the Senate, have made cutting government spending a high priority.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By David Pierson
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined a broad plan to combat salmonella. But some food safety advocates say it doesn't do enough to combat a pathogen responsible for 1.3 million illnesses in the U.S. each year. The push has taken on new urgency this year after a salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms poultry from plants in central California sickened at least 389 people nationwide. The outbreak exhibited an especially virulent strain of salmonella that showed signs of resistance to antibiotics.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2013 | By David Pierson
With millions of turkeys thawing and piles of stuffing waiting to be prepared, Thanksgiving is one of the riskiest times of year for food safety. Bacteria can be lurking anywhere in crowded holiday kitchens, spread by cross contamination or undercooked food. That's why epidemiologists see a spike in food-borne illness in November and December. Companies such as poultry producer Butterball join government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in stepping up efforts to educate consumers about the potential dangers of the annual fall feast.
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