food safety

2:41 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

FDA to revise food safety rules

The FDA plans to revise two controversial food safety rules, focusing, in part, on the produce industry.
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The FDA plans to revise two controversial food safety rules, according to a statement regulators issued Thursday.

The rules, originally released in January, are aimed at preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness and at improving food safety in the produce industry. The FDA said it plans to revise the rules and issue another draft of them this summer.

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2:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

FDA inspects just 2 percent of imported food shipments

Higher risk imported products on the FDA’s radar include raw produce, seafood and spices.
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According to a recent Food and Drug Administration report, FDA regulators inspected less than two percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.

FDA inspectors are responsible for all domestic and imported food except meat, poultry and eggs, which fall under U.S. Department of Agriculture purview.

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8:06 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Government shutdown crimps some food inspections

Furloughs at the Food and Drug Administration mean fewer inspections for some foods.
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Consumers can rest assured that even with the government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, all of the meat, poultry and eggs bought from the grocery store will be inspected as usual by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But that’s not necessarily the case for other foods -- like cheese, produce and boxes of cereal. Inspections for these products fall under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration, which had to furlough 45 percent of its staff on Tuesday.

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PM Newscasts
5:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Newscast for September 4, 2013

PM newscast for September 4, 2013.

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3:57 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Newly arrived pest damaging Midwest fruit crops

A spotted wing drosophila rests on a raspberry.
Credit Photo courtesy of Timothy Baker

Shoppers hoping to buy berries, peaches and grapes at farmers markets in Missouri may be looking a little bit harder this summer due to a newly arrived pest that is damaging crops across the state.

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4:19 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

What does Europe’s horsemeat scandal mean for the US?

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service tests the meat that ends up on dinner tables all over the country.

Consumers in Europe are still shocked and paralyzed after learning that ready-made meals advertised as beef products – lasagna, hamburger, salami – actually contained horsemeat. Authorities are still unpacking the extent of the deception, but the case has already touched at least a dozen countries.

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4:26 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Safety concerns threaten growing market for raw milk cheese

Some consumers consider raw milk cheese more nutritious because pasteurization hasn’t killed living beneficial organisms in the milk. But not pasteurizing milk can also allow harmful bacteria to live. Raw milk cheese has sickened more than 500 people in t
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Raw milk cheese — which is made from unpasteurized milk — has gathered a small but fervent following for its taste, nutritional benefits and freshness.

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4:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Missouri next battleground state for GMO labeling

A 'No GMOs' label.
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When legislation mandating genetically-modified food labels was proposed in California, Oregon and Washington, I wasn't necessarily surprised. But the recent news that GMO labeling is being considered in Missouri was a little bit of a shock. The bill, Senate Bill 155, was sponsored by a Democratic senator from St. Louis named Jamilah Nasheed. If passed, it would go into effect on Sept.

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Under the Microscope
5:59 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Safety scrutiny turns to grain

Pellets are cooled and dried in a grain hopper until they’re ready for shipping or storing.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

On this week's show we’ll hear about new food safety regulations and how they could impact grain producers, and learn about a study that looked at online avatars and personal health.

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5:33 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

New food safety rules apply to bulk grains

At DFS Animal Nutrition, Leland McKinney says quality and safety are inextricably linked.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

New food safety regulations are about to be announced by the Food and Drug Administration. These regulations—covering everything from sanitation to record-keeping—are part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which became law two years ago. While the produce and meat industries get the lion’s share of attention, commodity grains now fall under the FDA’s watch.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:14 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Canadian beef recall wreaks havoc in the U.S.

A piece of beef steak on a fork.
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While Canada grapples with the largest beef recall in its history, meat suppliers and retailers in the U.S. have been dealing with their own share of fallout from the contaminated meat. The recall has consumers and food safety advocates demanding anew that the U.S. Department of Agriculture keep fresh meat border inspections in place so tainted meat can be stopped before it enters the food supply chain.

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9:51 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The struggle to trace produce from farm to table

The 62-year-old trucker Del Smith has survived rodeos, Vietnam and an industrial accident in Texas. But he never expected he'd meet his next brush with death in this very truck by eating a cantaloupe he bought in July at an Illinois farm stand.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

When he’s on the road, Del Smith’s home is his blue-and-silver 18-wheeler. The tidy cab has everything that Smith, who is a slight mustachioed man, needs for a long haul: a fridge for his iced tea, a bunk made with a blanket decorated with cowboy boots, a first-aid kit. In his 62 years of life, Smith’s survived near-death experiences riding rodeo, flying helicopters in Vietnam and, most recently, an industrial accident in Texas. He never thought his next brush with death would take place right here in his truck, after buying a cantaloupe in July from a Byron, Ill., farm stand.

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4:49 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Missouri gets $1.2 million in federal food safety grants

Egg producers will gain a portion of the new Missouri grant to increase safety efforts.
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Missouri has received more than $1.2 million in federal grants for its food safety efforts.

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