Food Safety & Security Articles

 

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Arizona Agriculture: An Often Ignored Success Story (1)

12/10/2014

One of the greatest resources of this country is our inspiration – an idea every time you turn around.

Arizona Food Prices Down 3.5%

7/2/2013

Arizona retail food prices at the supermarket are down in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items was $47.97, down $1.78 or about 3.5% less than the first quarter of 2012.

Enhanced Tax Laws Encourage Businesses to Donate Food and Produce

3/27/2013

Two recent enhanced pieces of tax legislation, one federal and the other state, offer tremendous benefits to large and small business donors in hopes of encouraging increased food and produce donations to food banks and other charitable organizations in times of great need.

A Spark of Optimism for Ag Labor Reform

2/15/2013

Farmers and ranchers need a reliable workforce to produce food for America, and accept that most of the workers they need come from other nations. It has been a long time coming, but U.S. lawmakers are increasingly recognizing this as well.

Food Safety in Arizona: Food Contaminants Really Don't Care Whether Food is Organic

9/6/2011

By Philip Bashaw, Arizona Farm BureauIn early August, the owner of a Venice, California health food retail establishment named Rawesome and two others were arrested for violation of food safety standards related to unpasteurized dairy products. This event has sparked a heated debate over government regulation of food safety and the perceived crackdown on organic food production and raw foods by t...

Food Safety in Arizona: Budget Cuts Could Put Your Food Safety at Risk

2/22/2010

 By Tim Dunn, Arizona Farm Bureau Vice President, and Chair of the Advisory Council for the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Desperate for a balanced state budget, some have recently suggested that we waive a wand and make the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) disappear. These same people suggest that ADA subsidizes Arizona farmers and ranchers and that it’s done out of general...

Food Safety in Arizona: Now It's Pistachios

4/1/2009

By Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm Bureau PresidentYou may have noticed ongoing news coverage in recent months of The Peanut Corporation of America. The company at the heart of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella-tainted peanut products has shut down operations at its Texas facilities after authorities discovered the bacteria in its products there and at another facility in Georgia. Tragically, e...

Food Safety in Arizona: One Bad Apple --- or Peanut Rather --- Can Spoil the Whole Bunch

2/25/2009

Food Safety in America Still Number One By Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm Bureau PresidentYou may have noticed ongoing news coverage of The Peanut Corporation of America. The company at the heart of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella-tainted peanut products has shut down operations at its Texas facilities after authorities discovered the bacteria in its products there and at another facility in...

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