Government seizes reins of Egypt’s market

10/11/2013 11:00:00 AM
Chris Koger

The recent destruction comes as two bills in the state’s legislature seek to halt or restrict biotechnology in Hawaii, going so far as to force the destruction of the GMO papaya trees and fine any grower who doesn’t comply.

Restaurant vigilantes

The Packer receives numerous news releases about consumer-driven social media campaigns, encouraging them to spread the message about different ways to prepare fruits and vegetables.

Instagramming pics of entrees and side dishes has become so popular it’s not uncommon to see diners at restaurants whipping out their phones before digging in.

There’s a new project taking that approach with food safety abuses/blunders, #citizenfoodsafety, encouraging anyone spotting a roach at a restaurant or filthy facilities where they are eating.

Kind of nifty, giving regular people the power to shame food safety scofflaws. Ben Chapman, known to readers of the Barf Blog, announced the food safety site, saying that it’s about sharing information, not vigilantism.

Chapman, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, said he’s not encouraging people to sneak into fast food kitchens but become more aware of food safety. It’s not the first time such a program existed. In a news release, Chapman references a 2005 program in South Korea asking diners to report infractions to food safety inspectors, and there was another one in the United Kingdom.

My favorite pic on the site (as of Oct. 10): a screenshot of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, with the message: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.”

I do take issue with one of the photos, of apples on the ground in an orchard. Yes, they’re yucky and could have worms, animal feces and who knows what else, but no commercial shipper following even the simplest of good agricultural practices puts this fruit, known as windfall apples, on the packing line. It just isn’t done. I hope visitors to the site don’t get the wrong idea.

ckoger@thepacker.com

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