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.
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.
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.
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.
A listeria outbreak that killed 30 people and sickened another 146 may have been avoided if a Colorado cantaloupe processor had followed U.S. guidelines and washed the fruit in chlorinated water, a congressional investigation found.