An analysis of spice imports to the U.S. found that about 12 percent of them are contaminated with "insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things," The New York Times reports.
The tea party-driven government shutdown includes the vast majority of inspectors and other government officials charged with monitoring food-safety practices. Upton Sinclair, where are you when we need you?
Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation's habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.
Tests by the British Food Standards Agency revealed that the European food company's product contained up to 100 percent horse meat.
When it comes to food safety, as with airline safety, mine safety, pick an industry: Regulations save lives.
Members of the House and Senate may be in for a longer week than they'd hoped for if they don't get some serious legislating done -- and fast. The height of the holiday season may be at hand, but it's also the lame-duck season, which could lead to last-ditch-effort time.
If you need yet another example of how Washington just doesn't quite work, a bill that aims to curb food contamination has stalled despite having broad bipartisan support, plus backing from President Obama and industry and consumer groups, and the fact that the House passed its version of the legislation more than a year ago.