A fact sheet posted online Thursday suggested Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would eliminate “the FDA Food Police” if he wins the White House.
It was one of a number of "specific regulations to be eliminated" under Trump’s economic plan – later deleted by his campaign. But not before reporters captured the pages and noted that Trump complained the FDA “dictate[s] how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food.”
In reaction to the news, Bill Marler, a Seattle-based attorney who litigates food-borne illness cases, quipped: "'The Donald' Likes Me - Killing Food Safety Regulations is Good for Business."
Dr. Douglas Powell, a former Kansas State University food safety professor who now publishes the popular Barfblog, predicts that if Trump were to pare back FDA regulations, most providers would still be motivated to produce safe food under threat of litigation but “you would see more people trying to cut corners.”
Beef’s $35 million bruise
Finished cattle have outgrown the equipment used to haul them. That’s the consensus of packers, truckers and feedyard managers, and now documented through research conducted by Kansas State University. The fact cattle are bigger has created a significant animal welfare and product quality issue, and an estimated industry-wide loss of $35 million due to carcass trim of bruised muscle on strip loins. A Drovers exclusive report.
Fun stories we’ve stumbled upon while composing this week’s GTN.
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- Holy cow! California steer vies for world's tallest bovine
- Man charged with shooting corncobs at neighbor's home
- Dueling Obituaries: One From Wife, One From Girlfriend
- Wandering cow taken for ride in New Zealand police car
Compton has some of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. However, urban and rural intersect and cowboys are keeping Compton's country traditions alive.