Buying a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag is one thing, but in Europe, farmers are buying knock-off pesticides. Counterfeit pesticides have become a multimillion industry over there, and if that sounds like bad news, it is: According to the Wall Street Journal, these knock-offs contain a solvent that the European Union banned because it's a huge problem for pregnant women. The WSJ's article also makes the E.U.'s efforts to deal with the problem sound like a giant clusterf*ck. There are loopholes in counterfeiting laws that mean customs can't seize the fake pesticides. The company that's been ripped off has to deal with the goods and try to recoup costs from counterfeiters, who are obviously the sort of people who'll say, "Whoops, you found me! Here are the millions of euros I made selling nasty, dangerous goods under your name!" (Or, as the WSJ puts it: "[P]ractically this can prove complicated and even impossible, as many of these companies are beyond EU jurisdiction or completely bogus.")
If you saw this on top of your local McDonald's, would it make you more likely to pull over for a burger and fries? I have to admit that it would work on me.
A third of the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals, according to a blockbuster story in Food Safety News.
When poultry farms switch from conventional to organic farming practices, they almost immediately start seeing way fewer drug-resistant bacteria.
The salmonella-tainted-turkey disaster that has sickened 77 people and killed one proves that the government's approach to regulating disease-causing pathogens like salmonella and E. coli in food simply doesn't work.
Last week, the latest massive food safety recall hit the news -- 36 million pounds of ground turkey possibly tainted with salmonella, courtesy of meat giant Cargill. Some media outlets reported that it's currently legal to sell salmonella-tainted meat. While the meat industry might like it that way, that's not the entire story.
The suspicious timing of a press release about tainted raw milk suggests the FDA hypes concerns over this product more than others.
An agreement between the Humane Society and United Egg Producers to seek federal legislation for better henhouse conditions is still a long way from having any real effect.
Did the USDA just open the floodgates to unlimited, unregulated planting of new genetically engineered crops? It sure looks that way.
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