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Food Fraud on a Grand Scale

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Touch the Soil News #818 (Feature photos – CCA 2.0) It’s bad enough when over 50 percent of the tuna sold as tuna is not tuna. However, in the European Union and Asian theater of things, this past few months has rocked the grocery industry and the hundreds of egg farmers. At the heart of the things was the discovery of traces in eggs of the chemical fipronil. Fipronil is effective at killing fleas and ticks in poultry flocks, but its use in poultry flocks is illegal. Under investigation and prosecution are a handful of individuals that knowingly put fipronil in products sold to egg farmers while not labeling it.…

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Sysco – What Is the Food Chain For?

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Touch the Soil News #330 Most of us have seen the Sysco trucks as they supply the restaurants we go to. But what is the rationale or mindset behind Sysco being the world’s largest food-service distributor with a global supply chain spanning 40 countries. Is it a productive mindset? In a letter to stockholders from Sysco’s 2015 Annual Report, Bill Delaney (CEO) and Jackie Ward (Chairman of the Board) explain why Sysco exists. Following are a few excerpts of that letter: “We see significant potential to improve our productivity and reduce costs throughout our supply chain organization and in the administrative areas of our business.” “…. invest in our business…

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Food Safety Spook – Chipotle Restaurant and More

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Touch the Soil News #313 The year 2015 was not a good year for Chipotle Restaurant. The multi-state outbreaks of food poisoning in multiple Chipotle locations sickened hundreds of people. The video clip below is very insightful as the whole scenario is summarized. It is spooky to say the least. But just when Chipotle got a clean bill of health from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Justice opened an investigation. At question is whether Chipotle was criminally negligent in food safety procedures and operations. After a year of food poisoning crisis in 2015, Chipotle has re-opened all its restaurants hoping to have contained the problem. Unfortunately,…

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Anatomy of Food Poisoning in America

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Touch the Soil News #273 Once a week we visit sources that compile food poisoning and food recall events. Surprisingly there is a new food poisoning or food recall event almost every day. The food poisoning and recall events surrounding Blue Bell Ice Cream provides a window into food handling that is not altogether reassuring. Earlier in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control reported a total of 10 patients infected with several strains of Listeria reported from four states: Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. These illnesses were onset from January 2010 through January 2015. All ten patients were hospitalized. Three deaths were reported from Kansas. The Centers for Disease Control…

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News Roundup – Food Chain News You Might Have Missed

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Touch the Soil News #169 8/24/15 │ Germany and Scotland to Ban GMO Crops Nations in the European Union have the right to accept or reject GMO crops. The have until October 3, 2015 to decide. Germany has decided to ban the growing of GMO crops. German Agriculture Minister – Christian Schmidt – will inform the EU of Germany’s decision. Fourteen days earlier, Scotland also banned GMOs. 8/25/15 │ Turkey Bacon Feared to be Unfresh The newly formed food mega-giant Kraft Heinz got its dates mixed up on turkey bacon packages. Seems that some of the product is at risk of going bad before the “pull date.” To limit the…

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Oversights, Carelessness and Corruption Compromise Food

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Touch the Soil News #164 The title of this news piece almost reminds one of politics – an activity surrounded by perils, corruption and unsafe practices. One of the investigative themes we cover in Touch the Soil News relates to compromises in the food chain – a scary thought. Yet, it is these kinds of discoveries that support trends for decentralization, localization and transparency – even if it means starting your own food garden for a portion of your nutritional needs. Following are a few highlights from events unfolding within the last 30 days (sources: FDA and Food Safety News): 8/21/15 │ Alphin Brothers – a North Carolina seafood processor…

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Politically Driven Food Crimes

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Touch the Soil News # 151 On Thursday, August 7, 2015, the international news agency AFP reported that Russian officials steamrolled tons of cheese, fruit and vegetables – defying public outrage – to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country. Buldozers in Russia commence destroying what could ultimately amount to hundreds of tons of food. The problem begins with Russia’s military actions in the Ukraine, which precipitated Western economic sanctions against Russia. In turn, Russia decided not to buy food from the West. However, in the middle of the political economic wars, many Russians fell through the cracks and have become impoverished and hungry.…

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