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11.09.15

The Food Minority: Food Labels, Eating Disorders, and People Who Need More Food

By Eric A. Friedman

A colleague, Aliza Glasner, recently asked a fundamental question about the move towards food labeling that not only tells you about what nutrients are in the food, but also provide warnings about unhealthy food: What is healthy food? What is unhealthy food? That got me thinking. What about people for whom “healthy” is not the […]

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10.27.15

Are hot dogs the new cigarette? What to make of WHO's latest finding

By Aliza Glasner

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) made waves with meat-eaters around the world by classifying processed meat as carcinogenic, and red meat as probably carcinogenic: Processed Meat: Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer. Red meat:  After thoroughly reviewing […]

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10.07.15

Vote Food 2016: An open letter to all candidates running for office

By Aliza Glasner

Today, four of America’s preeminent voices in food policy published A National Food Policy for the 21st Century. In their memo to the next president, Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, and Olivier De Schutter laid out a comprehensive framework for untangling the myriad laws, regulations, and social mores that make up America’s troubled food […]

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09.25.15

Behind Recent Drug Price Gouging, a Bad CEO and an Even Worse Legal System

By Brian Honermann

It’s been a rough week for bad executives. Volkwagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned after investigators discovered that the carmaker had installed software that allowed its vehicles to pass emissions tests, while during normal operation they spewed out pollutants far beyond legal limits. Another executive received a 28-year prison sentence for deliberately shipping tainted peanut butter […]

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09.22.15

Peanut Brothers Go to Prison. Lessons Learned.

By Aliza Glasner

Today, food safety advocates are cheering the unprecedented magnitude of judicial sentences delivered against two company executives (who also happen to be brothers) who knowingly sent peanut butter tainted with salmonella into interstate commerce. A federal judge in Georgia sentenced one brother to 28 years in jail and the other to 20 years (a plant manager also […]

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08.13.15

Remembering Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Regulator Who Saved a Generation of American Children

By Brian Honermann

In the late 1950s, a new over-the-counter sedative, thalidomide was introduced in Germany. At the time, it was the only non-barbiturate sedative on the market and it was marketed as an extraordinarily safe sleeping aid. The drug company “advertised their product as ‘completely safe’ for everyone, including mother and child, ‘even during pregnancy,’ as its […]

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08.10.15

John Oliver: Jon Stewart’s legacy on public health

By Aliza Glasner

Last semester I taught a course on public health law. There was hardly an issue we covered that did not have an astute The Daily Show with Jon Stewart segment to help the students understand not just the health issue, but also its underlying political and legal conditions. Many of the clips are captured here […]

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06.11.15

Competing to smoke – when antitrust law undermines the public health

By Katherine Shats

What if I told you that while one government agency is tasked with reducing the prevalence of smoking in the US, another is making decisions that aim to keep cigarettes cheap and accessible? Well, this bizarre outcome is exactly what happens when antitrust law is rigidly applied to the tobacco industry. This week, with approval […]

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05.14.15

An end to salmonella on produce? A look at FDA's Food Safety Challenge

By Aliza Glasner

I recently read an article in Forbes that asked, “Are [foodborne] outbreaks actually increasing, or are we just more aware of them?” I work in food safety. I often feel panicked before I feed my children. But I thought that might just be a hazard of working in this field. So, are foodborne outbreaks actually […]

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