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The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House to have final look at GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The House is slated to take a final vote on legislation that would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont and then send it on to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Three House committees reviewed and endorsed a Senate-passed version of the bill, so passage is expected without having to take the measure to a conference committee.  Go to full article
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
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7393846@N07/3513801495/">Alison Curtis</a>, Creative commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Alison Curtis, Creative commons, some rights reserved

Milk recalled by Price Chopper

Price Chopper Supermarkets is recalling its brand of Homogenized Milk in half-gallon paper cartons with a September 29th expiration date.

The product is being recalled due to the possible presence of a non-hazardous cleaning solution in the milk.

The solution is used to clean the equipment during milk processing and is not harmful to animals or humans.

Customers who have any of the affected milk (with UPC Code: 4173513275) should return it to their local Price Chopper for a full refund.  Go to full article
Eric and Joanna Reuter own Chert Hollow Farm near Columbia, Mo. (Photo by Jessica Naudziunas)
Eric and Joanna Reuter own Chert Hollow Farm near Columbia, Mo. (Photo by Jessica Naudziunas)

New food safety rules exempt small farms

Peanuts, eggs, tomatoes, spinach. These foods are just a few nourishing items among many culprits that have made almost seventy-six million Americans sick each year. In the attempt to make food safer, Congress has authorized food safety regulation that will work to control foodborne illness outbreaks. But these new rules will apply to large-scale producers. Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports how small farmers were almost regulated along with the big guys in close call for the small food producing community.  Go to full article

Sen. Clinton Calls for Stronger Food Safety Provisions

Americans should expect the government to do more to protect the nation's food supply. That's what Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton told a gathering Monday at Cornell University. Clinton is calling for increasing the number of food inspectors and creating a single federal agency responsible for food safety--tasks that are currently shared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture. She talked about food safety during a town hall meeting in Potsdam last month.  Go to full article

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