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Food Safety
Last Featured: 7/30/2007

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Recent headlines over tainted California spinach and e-coli contamination at Taco Bell restaurants have raised many questions about the safety of America’s food supply. With an alphabet soup of federal, state and local agencies regulating food safety from the farm to the table, most Americans presume that their food isn’t dangerous. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we ask what must be done to keep the food supply safe.

Consumers Voice their Concerns
Shoppers at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market share their reactions to recent food scares and whether they trust the safety of the food they purchase.

Photo by John Vettese

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The History of U.S. Food Regulation
Host Margot Adler interviews Dr. Maureen Storey about the history of government regulation of our food.

Dr. Maureen Storey is the director of the Center for Food, Nutrition and Agricultural Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is also an affiliate research professor of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland.

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Technology and Food
Host Margot Adler speaks with Chris Waldrop of the Consumer Federation of America about how technology is being used to treat foods in ways the average consumer might not know about.

Chris Waldrop is the director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, where he advocates for a safer, healthier and more affordable food supply. He also serves on the board of directors for the Partnership for Food Safety Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating consumers about food safety.

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Debate on the Issue: Cloning Animals for Food
Activist Andrew Kimbrell and industry representative James Greenwood debate the pros and cons of cloning animals for food.

Andrew Kimbrell is founder and executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Food Safety, along with its parent organization the International Center for Technology Assessment. As an author, lawyer, and activist, Kimbrell has promoted grassroots efforts to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable agricultural and industrial production methods.

James C. Greenwood is president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 31 other nations. Prior to that, Mr. Greenwood represented Pennsylvania's Eighth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1993 through January 2005.

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Interview with a Food Lawyer
Host Margot Adler interviews Bill Marler, the country's leading food-borne illness lawyer, about how he has helped victims of food-borne illnesses sue the industries that made them sick.

Bill Marler is a personal injury and products liability lawyer in Seattle, Washington. He began litigating food-borne illness cases in 1993. Since then he has represented victims of nearly every large food-borne illness outbreak across the country, including cases against Jack in the Box, Chi-Chi's, Chili's and Dole.

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Saving Their Bacon
How does a food manufacturer recover its image after a tainted food outbreak? Host Margot Adler speaks with Gene Grabowski, a public relations specialist who helps distributors of once-tainted products like spinach regain the public's trust.

Gene Grabowski is a senior vice president of Levick Strategic Communications, a public relations and crisis management company in Washington, D.C. He has worked with several food industries in the wake of food-borne illness outbreaks. In 2006, he handled the national spinach crisis for the United Fresh Produce Association and River Ranch Fresh Foods.

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Report from Los Angeles
Reporter Heidi Pickman follows a food safety inspector in Los Angeles and reports on the city's policy of assigning a letter grade based on a restaurant’s cleanliness.

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