February 2009

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius accepted President Obama’s request to become his secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Governor Sebelius will inherit a department of 65,000 employees responsible for public health, food safety, scientific research, and the administration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which serve 90 million Americans.

The Food Safety side of HHS

My mom will be proud – my blog on food safety, foodborne illness, and food policy was honored by PR News as best law blog in the Legal PR awards for 2009 – well OK, so I have the only legitimate one for a lawyer.  Anyway, for those that have not spent much time here

The FDA’s Website is useful if you have the time to search for everything that might contain Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella-Tainted Peanuts.  My strong suspicion is that the FDA’s "simplified" PCA distribution chart will leave you scratching your head (click below to download PDF).

It is a bit hard to grasp how one company

Lynne Terry of The Oregonian keeps following the Peanut Butter Trail. Here are excerpts from an article she just posted online:

Earlier this month, a Wilsonville boy put a face on the salmonella outbreak that has sickened scores nationwide. Three-year-old Jacob Hurley sat, wearing a big-knotted tie in an angry congressional subcommittee meeting, as

Finally got wireless access at the GMA Food Claims and Litigation Conference.

Peanut Update – Texas health officials confirmed this morning that Salmonella Typhimurium has been found in peanut meal at a Texas plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).  This plant’s product had been linked to several illnesses in Colorado.  PCA’s Georgia plant