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Susan M. Leaman

Susan M. Leaman

The FDA’s Role in Solving a Foodborne Illness Outbreak

The FDA’s Role in Solving a Foodborne Illness Outbreak

The United States has one of the safest food systems in the world— the CDC and FDA are here to make sure of that! We’ve examined the role of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, now we will

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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How Does the CDC Detect Foodborne Illnesses, like E. coli in Romaine lettuce?

How Does the CDC Detect Foodborne Illnesses, like E. coli in Romaine lettuce?

The U.S. recently experienced a multi-state E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce. Five people died and hundreds became sick from eating the contaminated lettuce. Though the infected romaine is no longer for sale

Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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Toxins and Toxicants - how much is too much?

Toxins and Toxicants - how much is too much?

We often hear that things that are considered “toxic” are always bad for you, while any food or product that is good for you is completely non-toxic,

Food Ingredients, Food Safety

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Food Safety at Farmers' Markets

Food Safety at Farmers' Markets

Soon farmers’ markets will be bustling as consumers flock to buy fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meat from local farmers. What food safety regulation applies to the food there? The same as or different than the fruits and vegetables we buy at the grocery store?

Food Production, Food Safety

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When is

When is "Science" Truly Science?

The phrase "new research shows…” might not always give the most dependable health information. How do we distinguish science from pseudo-science?

Food Production, Food Regulations and Policy, Food Safety

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NYT: Reporting Based on Science?

NYT: Reporting Based on Science?

The New York Times recently published an article claiming that genetically modified (GM) or engineered (GE) crops have not lived up to their most basic promises that they increased crop yields and reduced overall chemical pesticide usage. Dirt-to-Dinner summarizes the reaction to the article by respected researchers and scientists.

Agricultural Technology, Food Ingredients, Food Production, Food Safety

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How Safe is Our Food?

How Safe is Our Food?

What is being done by the food industry and government agencies to keep you healthy and trust the food you buy?

Food Safety

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Is There a Nutritional Difference between Organic and Conventional Produce?

Is There a Nutritional Difference between Organic and Conventional Produce?

Is organically grown produce more nutritious than produce that is grown conventionally?

Food Production, Food Safety

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