In the News: Food Safety 2009

Week of February 16, 2009

News Item:  One year ago, In the News highlighted titles on food safety after 143 million pounds of ground beef was recalled from a California meat company. Since then Melamine was found in Chinese infant formula in 2008, and a Georgia processing plant was recently blamed for an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium found in peanut butter and peanut paste products. How safe is our food, and what is the FDA and USDA doing to eliminate future foodborne illnesses?


The Chemical Feast: The Ralph Nader Study Group Report on Food Protection and the Food and Drug Administration
By James S. Turner. Grossman Publishers, 1970
Call Number: HD9000.9 .U5 T83

Ensuring Safe Food: From Production to Consumption
By the National Research Council (U.S.) Committee to Ensure Safe Food from Production to Consumption. National Academy Press, 1998
Call Number: TX531 .C587 1998

Fast Food Nation (DVD)
Directed by Richard Linklater. 20th Century Fox, 2006
Summary: “When a marketing executive for a huge burger chain finds a nasty secret ingredient in their burger recipe, he goes to the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate and finds that the truth is sometimes difficult to swallow.
Call Number: PN1997.2 .F3768 2007 (Media Center)

Food Alert!: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Food Safety
By Morton Satin. Checkmark Books, 1999
Call Number: RA601.5 .S28 1999b

Food Safety and International Competitiveness: The Case of Beef
By John Spriggs and Grant Isaac. CABI Pub., 2001
Call Number: TX531 .S67 2001

Food Safety in the Hospitality Industry
By Tim Knowles. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002
Call Number: TX531 .K74 2002

The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public
By the Institute of Medicine (U.S.) Committee on the Assessment of the US Drug Safety System. National Academies Press, 2007
Call Number: RA401 .A3 I568 2007

Governing Food: Science, Safety and Trade
Edited by Peter W. B. Phillips and Robert Wolfe. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001
Call Number: TX 537 .P5 2001

Guide to Foodborne Pathogens
Edited by Ronald G. Labbé and Santos Garcia. Wiley, 2001
Call Number: QR115 .G83 2001

Investigating Food Additives (DVD)
Directed by Wendy Boersema. Meridian Education Corp., 2003
Summary: “Identifies common food additives and describes their use as flavor enhancers, preservatives, thickeners, texturizers, stabilizers, buffers, coloring matter and nutritional supplements such as antioxidants. Highlights BHA, BHT, and sulfites. Discusses government regulation of additives and how the Food and Drug Administration closely monitors and evaluates consumer problems with food additives, particularly adverse reactions, to ensure that additives are indeed safe.”
Call Number: TX553 .A3 I58 2003 (Media Center)

King Corn (DVD)
Directed by Aaron Woolf. New Video, 2008
Summary: “Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa, to find out how the modest corn kernel conquered America. With the help of real farmers, powerful fertilizer, government aid, and genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hidden truths about America’s modern food system.”
Call Number: HD9049 .C8 U65 2008 (Media Center)

Poisons on Our Plates: The Real Food Safety Problem in the United States
By Michele Morrone. Praeger, 2008
Call Number: RA1258 .M66 2008

By Rufus K. Guthrie. CRC Press, 1992
Call Number: QR201 .S25 G88 1992

Spoiled: The Dangerous Truth About a Food Chain Gone Haywire
By Nicols Fox. BasicBooks, 1997
Call Number: RA601.5 .F68 1997

Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (DVD)
Directed by Cori Brackett and J.T. Waldron. Cinema Libre Distribution, 2005
Summary: “Explores the controversy raised by the artificial sweetener, aspartame such as is there a connection between it and illness, or, did the government push for its approval and suppress key data and also delves into FDA processes and various reports of health risks.”
Call Number: RA1242 .A73 S94 2005 (Media Center)

To America’s Health: A Proposal to Reform the Food and Drug Administration
By Henry I. Miller. Hoover Institution Press, 2000
Call Number: RA401 .A3 M55 2000