Food Safety from Farm and Sea to Table

Writings by Christine Blackledge and P. Vincent Hegarty

We began this blog with the intent of promoting our work but we quickly found we loved the connection and interaction with readers. We also liked a forum where we could voice our opinions about food safety and the food world generally. So that’s what this site is—a place where we can share news, opinion and information to people who care about the same.

Within our Grasp/ by Sharman Apt Russell

Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It Reflections on writing a book about childhood malnutrition. People are sometimes too shy to ask: Why would I want to write a book about childhood malnutrition? It’s such a sad subject. A quarter of the world’s children are stunted

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Food Safety Starts with Soap/Making Soap from Ashes

Legend has it soap was first discovered by women washing clothes along the Tiber River at the bottom of Sapo Hill in Rome. Clothes became cleaner there, with far less effort. What was happening? Animal grease and ashes from sacrificial fires at Sapo Hill mixed with rainwater and ran down

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Ecuador Coffee farmer association

Coffee Farmers in Ecuador

Not even close, but still rewarding! That’s how I generally feel about doing remote assignments via WhatsApp or Zoom for USAID’s Farmer to Farmer being implemented in Ecuador by International Development Volunteer Opportunities | NCBA CLUSA. I’d much rather be there, in person, to work with local volunteer Herman Spitzer

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P. Vincent Hegarty: MYCOTOXINS / AFLATOXINS are both NATURAL and TOXIC

Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain molds (fungi) that are found naturally all over the world. They can contaminate food crops and pose a serious health threat to humans and livestock. Food crops can become contaminated both before and after harvesting. Pre-harvest contamination with aflatoxins is mainly limited

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Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE)

I have been asked to give a lecture to a university in Lebanon on US labeling and nutrition compliance for the food industry and food safety graduates. I did a presentation concerning many of the same issues in January 2020 at another university and it was well received and has

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