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Safety of food imports getting a boost

Tomatoes, bananas, and other produce pictured on a shelfDid you know that 20 percent of America's food supply is imported from other countries, including half of our fresh fruit and 20 percent of the fresh vegetables we eat? Despite these significant numbers, the federal government has been, up until now, only inspecting 2 percent of these imports. According to new rules from the Food and Drug Administration, however, that is about to change.

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Cheers and jeers for American meat industry

Small pig in fieldIt's been a month of cheers and jeers for the American meat industry. The good news? According to a recent study by the American Meat Institute Foundation, meat producers have significantly reduced listerosis outbreaks, a foodborne illness, by sharing effective food safety practices and research within the industry. The bad news? Where to begin?

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Mystery meat: mechanically tenderized meat posing summertime safety concerns

Hot dogs and burgers on a grillWith the official start of summer upon us, many families are breaking out their grills. While some consumers may be aware of more common food safety measures to take during outdoor events—such as making sure to leave food unrefrigerated for no more than two hours, or one if the temperature gets above 90 degrees—there is a new seasonal food safety issue that most have likely never heard of: mechanically tenderized meat.

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