Public Health in the News

Posted on April 27, 2010



Organic, Small Farmers Fret Over FDA Regulation
San Francisco Chronicle, Carolyn Lochhead, 04/27/2010
Small farmers in California who have led a national movement away from industrial agriculture face a looming crackdown on food safety that they say is geared to big corporate farms and will make it harder for them to survive. The small growers, many of whom grow dozens of different kinds of vegetables and fruits, say the inherent benefits of their size, and their sensitivity to extra costs, are being ignored.

Sixteen Firms Join NY Mayor’s Salt-Cutting Quest
Reuters, Basil Katz, 04/26/2010
Starbucks (SBUX.O) and Heinz (HNZ.N) were among 16 U.S. food companies pledging on Monday to cut salt levels in their products as part of a national campaign started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The pledges are part of Bloomberg’s National Salt Reduction Initiative, a coalition of cities and health organizations that aim to reduce salt in restaurant and packaged foods by 25 percent over five years.

EDITORIAL: A Year Later, 5 Lessons From Swine Flu Outbreak
USA Today, 04/26/2010
Last April, a strange new virus was sickening and killing patients in Mexico. It showed up in two children at a California clinic. Identified as a new form of H1N1, or swine flu, it quickly became a test of the USA’s preparations for an epidemic and the public’s ability to cope with fear of the unknown.

Food Safety Bill’s Ban on BPA Resisted
The Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton, 04/26/2010
The food industry and major business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are threatening to withdraw support for a long-pending bill to improve food safety, saying they are upset by a proposed amendment that would ban bisphenol-A, a controversial chemical, from food and beverage containers.

Food Sickens Many, So Senate Bill Would Beef Up FDA
Boston Herald, Alice Truong, 04/25/2010
Shirley Mae Almer’s family thought she’d died of pneumonia; at least that’s what the death certificate said. Two weeks later, when the salmonella outbreak in peanut products made headlines, her children learned what was really behind the 72-year-old woman’s deteriorating health: a piece of toast slathered with contaminated peanut butter.