As many of you know, there is no federal oversight of animal shelters. They will continue to operate as usual during the government shutdown which, in too many cases, is a tragedy in itself. But with the failure of Congress to do its job and keep the government running, I wanted to mention a few … Continue reading How will animals fare during the government shutdown?
In an interview at Food Safety News, Temple Grandin proposes putting live video from every slaughterhouse in the country on the internet: I'm at the point where I want the industry to take all the mystery out of things. Some of the companies have video auditing and that's good... but put a live feed out … Continue reading Could Slaughterhouse Videos Come Out from Undercover?
It's only been 3 years since the massive pet food recalls of 2007 but anytime is a good time for a refresher. I've already blogged quite a bit on things I learned due to the recalls, including: My thoughts at the one year anniversary of the pet food recalls Why the AAFCO stamp of approval … Continue reading How Do You Feel About Pet Food Corporations in 2010?
Food Geek Edition: The New York Times has a good article called The Truth about Cat and Dog Food: [...]I wonder whether people who invest in high-end pet foods are getting their money’s worth. Are their pets really healthier and happier? Do they live longer? And are these foods any better than the generic versions … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
Usually I'm torn between slamming the FDA for their failure to protect consumers in favor of protecting corporations and decrying their inadequate resources to get the job done. Today though, I'm definitely on the former. For one thing, I watched Food Inc on PBS last night. I actually only watched the first hour because I … Continue reading FDA Close to Getting Unfriended
Two documentaries of interest premiere on PBS this coming Wednesday night, April 21: Through a Dog's Eyes will change the way you feel about your own dog. The documentary follows a handful of people as they journey through the heartwarming and often challenging process of receiving their service dogs. and Food, Inc - In addition … Continue reading April 21 on PBS
From CNN:Beef Packers Inc., based in Fresno, California, recalled 22,723 pounds of ground beef products produced on September 23, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement. The labels on the beef include the establishment number "EST. 31913," the agency said. The beef was repackaged at a distribution plant … Continue reading Beef Recall Due to Salmonella
A guide to shopping and eating for those who wish to avoid supporting factory farms:Most people share at least the following traits: they want to be healthy; they like animals; and they value clean air and water. Yet relatively few Americans connect those concerns with their food. As more people start making the link (especially … Continue reading Tips for Avoiding Factory Farm Products
CBS News reports that dozens of illnesses and 2 deaths may be linked to the latest recall of half a million pounds of ground beef:Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms recalled almost 546,000 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be tainted with E. coli bacteria. The meat was distributed in September to stores from Virginia to … Continue reading Another Huge Ground Beef Recall
NYT article on e. coli and ground beef exposes lots of repulsive practices in the meat industry but of particular interest to me was the info on page 2. The NYT tried to get details on Cargill's grinding practices via a Freedom of Information Act request but the USDA redacted info from those docs to … Continue reading I Wonder When the US Will Take Food Safety Seriously