Op-ed: Jane Velez-Mitchell – Food safety doesn't end with S.510
November 30th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
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Jane Velez-Mitchell is the author of 'iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life' and 'Secrets Can Be Murder: The Killer Next Door' as well as 'Addict Nation: An Intervention for America' which will be published in February, 2011. She hosts ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell nightly on HLN at 7p ET.

"Half measures avail us nothing." It’s a profound saying that usually applies to recovery from addiction, but, it could just as well be applied to America’s food crisis. The U.S. Senate’s passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) is a step in the right direction, but, it fails to address the core issue at the very heart of our nation’s struggle to keep our food supply safe: the extreme and cruel confinement of animals raised and killed for food.

5@5 - John T. Edge
November 30th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

What once was old, is new again - especially around the holidays. ‘Tis the season to disregard the glossy food magazines and opt for the comb-bound Junior League cookbooks and stained index cards to recreate Aunt Myrtle's sweet potato casserole circa 1954.

As John T. Edge, says:

These dishes aren’t goofs. They’re good. I don’t serve them with ironic detachment. I serve them with gusto. I realize, in this moment of local this and artisan that, they’re kind of retrograde. By my lights, that means they're well suited to the holiday season now upon us, when all seem inclined toward retro-pleasures.

Along with penning numerous food-centric books, John T. writes a monthly column, “United Tastes,” for the New York Times, is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun magazine and a columnist for the Oxford American. He was also a contributing editor at Gourmet before the beloved publication folded in October 2009.

He has been nominated for five James Beard Foundation Awards, and in 2009, was inducted into Beard's "Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America." John T. is also director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, an organization that documents, studies and celebrates the soul of Southern food - old and new.

Five Retrograde Holiday Dishes: John T. Edge

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Box lunch
November 30th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Something to look forward to after getting acquainted with a TSA agent: airports and airlines are boozier than ever! - USA Today

  • Bravo Farms of California recently recalled all of its cheese - including cheddar sold under the Whole Foods Market name. - NPR

  • From Cam’ron’s Sizzurp to Danny DeVito’s Limoncello, the best and worst of celebrity spirits. - Flavorwire

  • Farm schools take root in Chicago's South Side. - The Atlantic

  • If you're going to shop until you drop, you're going to need some healthy food court fuel. Here's a hint: Cinnabon is not classified as such. - Health.com
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Lunchtime poll – S.510: Food Safety Modernization Act
November 30th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
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The U.S. Senate has just voted, 73-26, in favor of S.510 – the Food Safety Modernization Act. The bill offers a sweeping overhaul of the nation's current food safety regulations, empowering the FDA with oversight of mandatory recalls of potentially contaminated food, requirements for food producers to develop written food safety plans, accessible by the government in case of emergency and implementation of a food tracing system.

Get the basics of the bill and more on the vote.

While supporters and opponents of the bill agree that food safety is paramount - especially in light in this past summer's egg-based salmonella contamination that sickened over 1,600 consumers - there is considerable disagreement about the level of federal involvement that should be allowed.

On which side of the fence do you fall?

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