E. coli outbreaks highlight food-safety concerns

More than four-dozen people became sick after eating E. coli and Salmonella-contaminated foods last month, federal food-safety agencies announced. The E. coli illnesses trace back to clover sprouts and ground beef, while the Salmonella threat links back to the seed-based chia powder.

New FDA nutrition labels a long time coming

The federal government is overhauling nutrition labels in light of public health research that reveals what is lacking in the country’s diet. The changes, spearheaded by the Obama administration and proposed by the Food and Drug Administration in February, are aimed at making healthy eating easier for the consumer.

New method of spreading manure under scrutiny

Scott Murray did not want to leave the home in rural Juneau County, Wis., where he and his family had lived for more than 20 years. But with the house surrounded on three sides by manure irrigation systems, life had become a nightmare.

Suspect lab records lead to recall; company declines expansion

Problems with a Washington-based company’s Salmonella testing records caused USDA officials to recommend expanding an already massive nationwide recall. But the company — Nutriom LLC, a producer of dehydrated-egg products — declined to expand the recall. The decision consequently moved food safety officials to issue a public health alert.