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Nasima Hossain

Blog Entries by Nasima Hossain

Trade Talks Put Health Safeguards in Danger

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Our health and safety may be put at risk in a regulatory race-to-the-bottom.

The U.S. and the European Union are beginning trade negotiations on a major new treaty designed to strengthen the lagging economies on both sides of the pond. Unfortunately, if history is any guide, the negotiations threaten to...

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In the Public Interest: Meat Industry Admits We Need Food Inspectors

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 1:35 PM

We've already written about the impact that sequestration's across-the-board cuts will have on food safety. With many food safety inspectors going on furlough, inspections will need to be cut back significantly, making it harder to keep contaminated food off the shelves. Consumers are understandably troubled, and now it seems that...

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In the Public Interest: Danger on Our Dinner Tables

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Sequestration is one of the hottest topics in D.C. right now, but one consequence that has been largely overlooked is the impact that these budget cuts would have on our dinner tables and our health.

Sequestration's across-the-board approach to cuts would reduce the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service budget...

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Trouble in Toyland

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:27 PM

It's a holiday morning and kids all over the world are waking up to open their presents. Big smiles and laughter abound. What could be wrong with this picture?

Unfortunately, a lot could go wrong -- if the toy you bought contains unsafe levels of lead or phthalates, like the...

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In the Public Interest: Is CDC Burying their Latest Data on Foodborne Illness?

(3) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Late in the evening on Friday, July 27, without providing the usual notice to consumer groups or food safety advocates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual report of foodborne illness data for 2011. Why the secrecy?

Perhaps it's because the data...

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