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News stories tagged with "e-coli"

Vegetable farmer, and new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball
Vegetable farmer, and new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball

Farmers fear food safety rules too costly

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new food safety rules for produce farmers across the country. The FDA wants to reduce the number of people getting sick from things like spinach, cilantro, or peanuts contaminated with harmful bacteria.

The FDA asked for comments on the rules this year. Thousands of Upstate New York farmers responded. Many of them criticized the rules, saying they could spoil their livelihood. The FDA recently announced it's responding to the objections.  Go to full article

Canada's Plans To Battle Farm Pollution

Seven people died and more than two thousand were made ill when e-coli bacteria contaminated Walkerton, Ontario's water supply more than two years ago. The contamination came from cattle manure that had leeched into the ground. Now, the government of Ontario has come out with its plans in an attempt to prevent another tragedy like Walkerton. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports.  Go to full article

Walkerton Water Tragedy Revisited

The consequences of the tainted water tragedy in southern Ontario are still being assessed. Seven people died and more than two thousand were made sick nearly two years ago when the bacteria, e-coli, was found in drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario. Environmentalists across the Great Lakes are concerned that unless the lessons of Walkerton are learned on both sides of the border, water supplies will again be placed at risk. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports.
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