FDA announces budget request for federal fiscal year 2022

The Food and Drug Administration is requesting an 8 percent increase of $477 million for the next fiscal year with some of the money earmarked for food safety programs.

Including the increase, the agency has asked for $6.5 billion for the fiscal year 2022, which begins Oct. 1 this year. President Joe Biden on Friday announced he is asking Congress to approve a $6 trillion federal budget. Both the FDA’s request and the president’s proposal face rigorous review by U.S. legislators.

The bulk of the FDA’s budget is spent on the drug portion of its operations, but some food safety programs are in the spotlight. There is $97 million in additional investments in core FDA Safety Programs, some of which is directed at food safety.

“Food safety investments include funding to support implementation of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint to reduce the number of illnesses attributed to … Read more

Mutual Aid May Be Last Year’s Most Enduring Legacy

How mutual aid efforts — like Minneapolis’s Southside Food Share and Phillips Community Free Store — are combating food insecurity on their own terms

I arrived in Minneapolis in July of 2020 to find buildings turned to rubble, people grieving, and a community rebuilding. During my first volunteer shift at Phillips Community Free Store, which was being run out of the Grease Pit Bike shop in South Minneapolis, tables were lined up outside, pop-up tents shading all manner of produce and household items, and a mountain of diapers that were ready to be given away.

People took numbers and those numbers were called when it was their turn to come up to the tables and take what they needed. Cars lined the streets as parents with children in tow waited their turns. It was loud; our “customers” spoke mainly Spanish, Oromo, and Somali and younger members of the families would … Read more

Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad is stuffed with flavor and texture that is highly satisfying. Full of classic Italian flavors, this salad is going to be a huge hit at your next gathering!

I love chopped salads, you get a bit of everything in every bite, and it’s all bite-sized. You have to try some of my other favorite chopped salads, Avocado, Chicken and Bacon, Thai Cashew, and an Autumn Salad.

A bowl of Italian chopped salad with serving spoons

Italian Chopped Salad

If you can chop stuff up, you can make this incredible salad. Italian chopped salad is zesty, fresh, and full of Italian flavors you are going to love. This salad comes together quickly and easily, making it a go-to when I’m short on time but need a big flavor. The cheese and salami give it a boost of protein that allows this salad to be either a main dish or a side salad. Either way your family is … Read more

Food safety’s complicated case that still isn’t over

ALBANY, GA — Just more than eight years ago, well-known Georgia defense attorney Edward D. Tolley told a young majistrate judge that the criminal case they were both looking at was “complicated.”

Tolley had just joined the defense in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case, which Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff presided over.

It did not take long for the magistrate to rule that the multiple PCA indictments were “complicated” cases. The effect of the ruling was that Tolly and other defense attorneys working the case had more time to get up to speed.

Another Middle District of Georgia trial judge tried, convicted, and sentenced the PCA defendants. Those prosecutions all stemmed from a now 13-year-old multistate Salmonella outbreak that killed nine.

However, all that “ancient history” got replayed this past week, back in that same Magistrate courtroom in Albany, GA, where it all began. This time  Judge … Read more

Need a Bottle of Natural Wine? The Gas Station Has You Covered.

In some cities, the local gas station doubles as a boutique bottle shop, with wines and craft beers by small producers

My dad is the kind of old-school character who arrives four hours ahead of departure time for a domestic flight from Miami to New York. All of his bills are paid via paper check, which he drops off in person. And, naturally, he’s a big believer in going into the gas station to pay the clerk directly before filling his tank with gas, putting zero trust in the card machines out by the pumps. And so, when I was home in Miami a couple of months ago, he didn’t even have to ask before I marched into the Mobil station on the corner of Coral Way and 32nd Avenue to ask the clerk to fill us up at number four.

But when I opened the door, I had to … Read more