August 2007

I just finished giving my second of three talks here in Melbourne and just received an email with a link to an article in the WSU Magazine, by Hannelore Sudermann and photography by Bruce Andre and Robert Hubner.  Sitting in an internet cafe several thousands of miles away, and a day ahead, is an interesting way to read about your life.  It is an interesting read – see below:

The nation’s leading food-borne illness attorney tells all

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Alex Pulaski of the Portland Oregonian (part of Newhouse News Service) wrote a comprehensive article on imported food and the risked posed by its increase.  I will be speaking in China in the middle of September of the risks of tainted food imports.

In the past year, federal inspectors have found salmonella in Hershey’s Kisses imported from Mexico, illegal pesticides and toxic compounds in peanut butter from India and scores of shipments of Chinese seafood tainted by unsafe animal drugs, unregistered pesticides or salmonella.

As the world turns into a huge buffet line for the American appetite, consumers face increasingly tough decisions about what export countries and food products pose higher risks of making them sick, while government inspectors struggle to protect and inform them. Mandatory country-of-origin labeling, passed by Congress in 2002, has been delayed under pressure by meat packers and retailers, leaving consumers with limited information about where their food might come from.

But an analysis by The Oregonian newspaper of Portland, Ore., points out some danger spots – food exports and exporting countries that have cropped up most often with problem inspections.

Overall, vegetable products, followed by seafood and fruit, were most often rejected. Most of the refused products had been subject to “import alerts,” meaning that federal inspectors had noticed a pattern of problems, requiring that shipments be held unless proven safe.

Specifically, The Oregonian’s analysis of U.S. Food and Drug Administration records shows that food items most often refused entry over the past year (and the most common reasons for the refusals) included:

Candy (filth), dried peppers (filth) and cantaloupes (salmonella) from Mexico.

Spices (salmonella) from India.

Vegetables (pesticides) from the Dominican Republic.

Seafood (animal drugs, pesticides, salmonella) from China.

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Blood donations save Lexington County woman’s life

Kara Gormley reported how Blood donations saved Erica Sturkie’s life:

She almost lost her life after eating a leafy vegetable. Now a young Lexington County woman is speaking about her distressing experience, and the generous acts that saved her life.

Erica Sturkie is about to embark on her

I read today in the Charlotte Observer online that kids and parents at a church camp in North Carolina ate recalled Castleberry’s chili last Tuesday.  Certainly, no one would knowingly serve recalled product at a camp for kids.  This is just another testament to how ineffective the Castleberry’s recall was. 

After the recall, major grocery