food safety


Sonny Perdue’s USDA Is in Bed with Big Pork. That’s Really Bad for Everyone Else.

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

In his first year running the US Department of Agriculture, Secretary Sonny Perdue has displayed a curious tendency to say things he really shouldn’t. The most recent example is his striking off-the-cuff comment about a big court judgment won by neighbors of a massive hog farm and its stinking cesspools in North Carolina. Read more >

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Talking Turkey: Saying “No Thanks” to the Poultry Rule This Thanksgiving

, former analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate the foulness of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed Poultry Rule. Many critics, including the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, of which UCS is a member, have pointed out that the rule ignores evidence pertaining to human health and worker safety. Others have argued it is inhumane. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a report released earlier this year, found that the proposed rule is based on limited scientific data and inadequate evaluation of USDA pilot projects. Read more >

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The Consequences of Killer Cantaloupes

, former analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

If you follow food safety, you may have heard last week that brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen pled not guilty in federal court to charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Read more >

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The Long and Short of Long-Term Safety Testing of GE Foods (part 2)

, former senior scientist, Food and Environment

In my last post, I gave a general reason why the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board was misleading in writing that a review by Snell and colleagues showed that genetically engineered (GE) foods are equivalent to non-GE counterparts.

Here, I want to discuss why the study does not lead to the conclusion that 90-day tests are generally sufficient to determine the safety of GE foods, and more reasons why the study says little about the long-term safety of engineered foods. Read more >

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Is the Long-Term Safety of Genetically Engineered Food Settled? Not by a Long Shot.

, former senior scientist, Food and Environment

One of the most contentious issues surrounding the controversy about genetically engineered (GE) foods is whether there may be long-term safety risks, and whether current regulations are sufficient to prevent such risks from occurring. Read more >

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