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What’s on MPR News – 4/22/19 22.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Here are the stories, topics, and guests you'll hear today on MPR News.
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How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rules 20.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
President Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules for frozen cherry pies.
EDF asks judge to rule on legality of FDA rule allowing companies to secretly decide on chemicals in our food 18.4.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director At the end of March, EDF, represented jointly by counsel from Earthjustice and the Center for Food Safety (CFS), asked a federal district court judge to decide as a matter of law that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) regulation is unlawful. The GRAS […]
Pre-Cut Melon Sold In 9 States Recalled Over Salmonella 14.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Caito Foods is recalling watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit containing one of these melons. All items in the recall were sold in pre-cut pieces.
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A look at Minnesota farming in 7 charts 12.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota remains one of the country's top agricultural states, even as the number of farms continues to decline, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Major Food Brands Back a Price on Carbon, Raising the Bar for Policy Leadership 10.4.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Major Food Brands Back a Price on Carbon, Raising the Bar for Policy Leadership
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Cancers are preventable but won't be if it requires curbing the profits corporations reap from sickness 10.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn It is now generally agreed upon by health specialists that many cancers are caused either by exposure to radiation or by carcinogens that have been spewed into the environment. In contrast, relatively fewer cancers can be traced to defective genes inherited from our parents. Although cancers caused by exposure to radioactivity are not nearly as prevalent as those caused by exposure to environmental toxins, they do sicken thousands of people. Radioactive spent fuel from nuclear power plants has risen to a global stockpile of 260,000 tonnes, and is growing by some 10,000 tonnes a year, according to the International Atomic Agency. The incidence of many forms of cancer has been found to be significantly higher in the vicinity of nuclear plants. But the World Health Organization estimates that, although radioactivity is a serious threat in some places, a significant number of cancers are now the result of exposure to environmental toxins . Sales of chemicals, including the most toxic, have increased ...
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Mysterious E. Coli Outbreak Sickens Dozens 8.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Seventy-two people have been sickened in the past five weeks.
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CBD is getting buzz, but does it work? And is it legal? 6.4.2019 Denver Post: Business
With CBD showing up everywhere, U.S. regulators announced Tuesday they are exploring ways the marijuana extract could be used legally in foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
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Trump Is About to Make the Pork Industry Responsible for Inspecting Itself 5.4.2019 Mother Jones
Next time you tuck into pork chop or a carnitas-filled burrito, spare a thought for the people who work the kill line at hog slaughterhouses. Meatpacking workers incur injury and illness at 2.5 times the national average; and repetitive-motion conditions at a rate nearly seven times as high as that of other private industries. Much has […]
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Pork industry to gain power over inspections 3.4.2019 LA Times: Business

The Trump administration plans to shift much of the power and responsibility for food safety inspections in hog plants to the pork industry as early as May, cutting the number of federal inspectors by about 40% and replacing them with plant employees.

Under the proposed new inspection system, the...

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U.S. investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes 3.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices.
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Local health officials say FDA’s moves against teen vaping ‘epidemic’ aren’t enough 2.4.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

In an almost uniform response to the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, city and county public health officials are urging the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents’ growing use of e-cigarettes.

The issue, they say, is reaching...

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More than 750,000 could lose food stamps under Trump administration proposal 1.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Trump administration has proposed changing food stamp rules to require able-bodied adults without children to work 20 hours or more a week or lose benefits.
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The UCP health platform: mostly spin, some two-tier medicine, and scraps of red meat for the base 29.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Jason Kenney's health-care policy announcement yesterday was a typical conservative political speech -- a mish-mash of anodyne sentiment, misleading spin, market-fundamentalist nostrums, scraps of red meat for the base, cheap shots at the federal government, terrible ideas he'll implement if he gets the chance, and even a couple of good ones he'd probably ignore. However, it was almost entirely delivered in a reasonable, even soothing tone of voice. So you had to listen carefully and make frequent use of your political decoder ring to understand the bad stuff. But there was a bit of a bombshell at the end -- a barely disguised pitch for full-on, two-tier, cash-for-care medicine in the final two minutes. Kenney employs competent political advisers. So how did that slip past the spinmeisters? I don't know about you, but when Kenney started rambling on about the so-called Chaoulli decision it sounded to me as if his mouth got jammed in motor mode and no one on his staff had the presence ...
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Darwin's Natural Raw Dog Food Contaminated FDA Says 28.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Three lots tested positive for the bacteria.
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Federal budget tinkers around the edges of food and agriculture 27.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada The 2019 federal budget was handed down on March 19, and the media frenzy has come and gone. Time to reflect on what might hit the mark in terms of agricultural issues. After careful review, I have noted an attempt to include food and some agricultural issues into the mix. That makes me happy, maybe even hopeful. At least I can find mentions of food when I search, and also a few mentions of farming and agriculture. But, I use the word "attempt" because, while the budget purports to "introduce" a national food strategy, the 2019 federal budget is barely a first step, with a mix of food and agriculture initiatives that are largely unconnected. For a solid national food strategy, you need a solid agricultural strategy Since their election in 2015, the federal Liberals have been promising a national food policy, and while there are notes of support for food issues and some farm issues peppered throughout the 349-page budget, there is not a lot of detail, and even less depth. The federal ...
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Toxic chemicals can enter food through packaging. We made a list. 26.3.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Boma Brown-West, Senior Manager, Tom Neltner, Chemicals Policy Director, and Michelle Harvey, Consultant. This is the second in a series evaluating the challenges in single-use food packaging waste. In the late 1980s, the Council of Northeast Governors (CONEG) was concerned that heavy metals in packaging would accumulate in recycled materials to levels that presented serious health concerns. The organization drafted model legislation […]
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Important insight from the organic certification approach to chemical additives in food 20.3.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director Since 2014, chemicals in food[1] have been consumers’ most important food safety issue, reaching a high of 35% in 2018, according to annual industry surveys by the International Food Information Council. For comparison, “foodborne illness from bacteria” was half that percent. Food companies have responded to this growing consumer […]
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78,164 pounds of Butterball turkey recalled 14.3.2019 Denver Post: Local
Butterball Foodservice has recalled 78,164 pounds of its raw ground turkey products out of concern it may contain Salmonella Schwarzengrund, a bacteria that can cause serious illness, the United States Department of Agriculture said in a release on Wednesday.
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