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22 Mar 2011 13:49


World: China, South Korea strictly checking Japanese food

  • China and South Korea wary of radiation in food: Some countries (and even individual restaurants) that import food from Japan are concerned about the possibility of radiation contamination. The Japanese government has assured their citizenry that the radiation levels detected in milk, spinach, and some water is not enough to do rapid or lasting damage, though they’ve imposed a freeze on food from that region. China and South Korea want to look into the matter themselves, though, absent the responsibility of keeping the Japanese citizenry from being stricken with panic, which their government obviously has. That seems reasonable enough. source

14 Mar 2011 11:07


World: U.S. Navy: Officers helping in Japan exposed to radiation

  • 17 U.S. Navy personnel treated for low levels of radiation source
  • » But how … ? Apparently the officials were in Navy helicopters and flew through a plume of radioactive material let into the atmosphere by the Fukushima reactors. Yikes.

07 Mar 2011 14:03


Biz: Damn Skippy: Beware the high price of tainted foodstuffs

  • 2 Skippy peanut butter styles recalled for potential Salmonella poisoning source
  • » Step away from the jar: The hazardous brands being recalled are “Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter,” and “Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter,” as distributed in 16.3 ounce jars across the following sixteen states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin. Though no illnesses have yet been tied to this recall, you can never be too careful when Salmonella is involved. This is the latest in a recent string of high profile food recalls, which helped generate momentum for last year’s Food Safety Modernization Act. The FSMA introduced a host of regulatory updates to a system that had, to that point, been largely unchanged for generations.

02 Feb 2011 13:30


U.S.: EPA seeks new regulatory limits on perchlorate in drinking water

  • 26 states had the toxic rocket fuel chemical in their tap water source

29 Jun 2009 18:07


Biz, U.S.: This is why you shouldn’t eat red meat: A big, big recall

  • 41,280 pounds of meat were voluntarily recalled last Wednesday for possible E. coli contamination
  • 380,000 pounds of meat were recalled today. Have you ever tried falafel? It never has this problem. source

30 Jan 2009 08:23


U.S.: Did the FDA have advance notice of the peanut butter outbreak?

  • There was an early warning sign. Back in September, a shipment of peanuts from the same Georgia processing plant was returned to the U.S. from Canada after it was found to be contaminated with salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration logged this but never tested or followed up on it, according to the Associated Press. *forehead slap* source