Food-safety advocates are raising alarms over a decision by the Obama administration to permit chicken processed in China to be sold in the U.S. even after several high-profile incidents of food contamination.
Jensen Farms, the U.S. cantaloupe processor linked to the listeria outbreak last year that killed at least 30 people, is the subject of a criminal investigation by the federal government, according to a lawyer for victims.
William Beach loved cantaloupe -- so much so that starting in June last year he ate it almost every day. By August, the 87-year-old retired tractor mechanic from Mustang, Oklahoma, was complaining to his family that he was fatigued, with pain everywhere in his body.
The Food and Drug Administration, charged with preventing E. coli outbreaks similar to the one that sickened thousands in Europe, is trying to wedge $1.4 billion for a new food-safety law into a budget that Republicans have already cut for next year.
Thirty-one years ago, a young man with no college degree and the restless mind of a tinkerer started an unusual meat-processing company. Eldon Roth’s Beef Products Inc. bought tons of fatty scraps left over after cattle were carved into steaks and roasts.
A U.S. program that tests random produce samples for salmonella and other pathogens is ending, angering food-safety advocates who said the initiative that was knocked down by industry lobbyists protects public health.
A March deadline for companies to start tests for six strains of potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been pushed to June 4 so meatpackers can make sure their methods work, the U.S. Agriculture Department said.