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Food Safety Links
Presentations from National Public Radio

Food Safety: All Things Considered, January 9, 2002
NPR's Joe Palca reports the FDA has issued recommendations to farmers, manufacturers, suppliers and restaurants as to how to protect the nation's food supply from terrorist attack. (8 minutes)

Food Safety: Morning Edition, January 2, 2002
NPR's Cheryl Corley reports on concerns raised by the specter of bioterrorism on cattle feedlots in Omaha. Farmers and agriculture officials there are wary of a potential food-borne bioterrorist attack. (8 minutes)

Food Safety: Weekend Edition, August 18, 2001
Every year, roughtly 75 million of Americans get sick from tainted food- often severely enough to end up in the hospital. Up to half of the cases of food-borne illness result from food prepared in our own homes. NPR's Joe Palca got a lesson in proper food handling from two researchers who've been studying kitchen behavior, and the common errors many of us make. For more on this, check out NPR's food safety series. (8 minutes)

Taking Antibiotics Out of Food: All Things Considered, August 16, 2001
U.S. farmers are encouraged to feed livestock and poultry lots of antibiotics. It makes them grow faster as well as fending off disease. But bacteria in those animals become resistant to antibiotics -- the same antibiotics doctors give you for food poisoning. In this report for American Radio Works and NPR, Daniel Zwerdling travels to Denmark to see how farmers there got off the antibiotic habit without going broke. (13 minutes)

Third World Countries & Genetically Modified Crops: Talk of the Nation, December 27, 2000
JOHN BIEWEN, Correspondent and Producer, American RadioWorks
CHANNAPATNA (C.S.)PRAKASH, Professor, Plant Molecular Genetics, Tuskegee University
ANURADHA MITTAL, Co-Director, FOOD FIRST (Institute for Food and Development Policy)

Genetically modified crops are a scientific wonder and the focus of heated debates in the U.S. over food safety and environmental concerns. But farmers in other parts of the world say genetically modified crops could give them self-sufficiency and be the answer to world hunger. Should genetically modified crops be harvested in Third World countries? (48 minutes)

Labeling Biotech Food: Talk of the Nation, October 20, 2000
Marion Nestle, Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University, New York, New York
David Schmidt, Senior Vice President, Food Safety International Food Information Council Washington,
DC Mario Teisl, Assistant Professor, Resource Economics & Policy University of Maine Bangor, Maine

A genetic testing lab recently found an unapproved type of genetically modified corn in certain taco shells. Now, several products are being recalled, ConAgra's Kansas mill has temporarily stopped making corn flour, and the corn, Starlink, has been pulled off the market. In this hour, we'll talk about what's in your food, and the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods. (48 minutes)