Food Safety

The Leonard Lopate Show

Farms, Factories, and the Fate of Our Food System

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ted Genoways examines the state of the meatpacking industry, and how it affects animal welfare, food safety, and the health and safety of those who work on the line in processing plants.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Food Passed Its Sell-By Date Okay?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and professor of Sociology at New York University, discusses the new Urban Food Initiative in Boston--and whether it's okay to serve meals cooked with food passed its sell-by date to low-income consumers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arsenic and Rice

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Urvashi Rangan, Director of Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports, talks about the recent investigation that found varying levels of arsenic in rice and rice products. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found higher than expected levels of arsenic in apple and grape juices and called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue limits for arsenic in those juices. Based on its latest findings and analysis, Consumer Reports is asking the FDA to set limits for arsenic in rice and rice products.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pink Slime Backlash

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Eric Schlosser, co-producer of  the documentary "Food, Inc." and author of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal (now with a new afterword), discusses the controversy over the product known as "pink slime" and what the backlash tells us about the meat industry and food safety.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Save the World—Food Security

Friday, February 17, 2012

This week's Please Explain continues our series How to Save the World. Glenn Denning, Director, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and J. Matthew Roney, Research Associate, Earth Policy Institute, examine the global food supply.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: A Clean Kitchen for the New Year

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Food safety expert Marion Nestle talks about what to throw out and what to keep when cleaning out your kitchen for the New Year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on NYC’s Food System

Friday, December 16, 2011

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gives an update of FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System report, issued a year ago by the New York City Council. The report examined agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption of food in New York, and proposes 60 strategic actions to improve health, community, and economic development and sustainability. She's joined by Rob Behnke, CEO and Founder of The Brooklyn Salsa Company, which has designated funds to aid cooperative farmland is taking strides towards Carbon Neutrality, has also teamed up with Community Gardeners, Local CSAs, and Public Schools to transform the rooftops, compostable landfills, backyards, empty lots, cement parks and into a urban farmland.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside a Slaughterhouse

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Political scientist Timothy Pachirat talks about working undercover for five months in a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day—one every twelve seconds. His book Every Twelve Seconds is an examination not only the slaughter industry but also of how, as a society, we hide violent labor.

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The Takeaway

Cantaloupes Cause Worst Food-Borne Illness Outbreak in a Decade

Thursday, September 29, 2011

As many as 72 people have fallen ill and 16 have died, after eating cantaloupes that were contaminated with listeria, a dangerous bacteria. The contaminated fruit was traced back to Jensen Farms in Colorado, which ships to 25 states. This makes the outbreak the country's deadliest of food related illness in more than a decade, according to public health officials.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Food Safety Bill

Thursday, December 02, 2010

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill that would overhaul the nation’s food safety system. On this week’s Backstory, Time staff writer Bryan Walsh explains what’s in the Food Safety and Modernization Act, how it aims to improve food safety and minimize recalls, and how it compares to food safety systems in other countries.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Food-Borne Illness and Food Safety

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer brings barbeques, potato salads, and lots of leafy green salads—and the potential for food-borne illness. On this Please Explain, we’ll find out where these bugs come from and how can we avoid getting sick from the foods we eat.

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