Government shutdown stresses food inspections
Post to Facebook Best food markets around the world on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1a95hsl Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Best food markets around the world Meredith Whitman, TheDailyMeal.com 5 a.m. EDT October 5, 2013 15. Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City: Ben Thanh Market, a destination for many tourists, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the area. Located in a lively area of the city, visitors can stop by the market to enjoy textiles, souvenirs, handicrafts, and of course, local cuisine. (Photo: Flickr/davidconger.com) SHARE 52 CONNECT 42 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Food markets around the world invite visitors to indulge all of their senses, from taking in the colorful sights of fresh produce to smelling the wafting scents of fresh seafood or traditional dishes. Markets have been a part of city life for centuries, and have now evolved to be popular tourist attractions. Locals visit their city’s market to pick up fresh produce, meats, seafood and spices to stock their home kitchens, while tourists can visit local markets to learn about the culture by sampling local and traditional fare. Markets around the world vary in the products they sell, and many are home to vendors selling produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, breads, spices, flowers, artisan goods and local handicrafts like pottery and jewelry. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best food markets around the world, each offering a peek into the cultural and culinary lives of the people who live nearby.
Search Real Time Economics1 October 3, 2013, 10:43 AM World Food Prices Continue to Decline on Cheaper Cereal Print By Neena Rai World food prices fell for the fifth consecutive month in September, driven by falling international prices for cereals, according to data from the United Nations on Thursday, and analysts believe they still have further to fall. Reuters The U.N.s Food and Agriculture Organizations food-price index measures the monthly change in the international prices of a basket of food commodities. While the most recent food price spike in 2011 was triggered by a lack of cereal supply, the recent declines in food prices are mainly due to higher expected supplies of corn this year. The FAO index averaged 199.1 points in September, 1% lower than in August and 5.4% lower since the start of the year. Global cereal production, which includes wheat and corn, is expected to be 8% higher over 2012s level, at 2.49 billion tons. The U.S., the worlds largest corn producer, is responsible for the bulk of the increase, expected to harvest a record crop of 348 million tonsthats 27% higher than the previous year. U.S. corn supplies have been tight since the size of last years harvest was hit by severe drought. But after high acreage seeded with corn this spring and largely favorable summer weather, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts record U.S. corn output this year.
World Food Prices Continue to Decline on Cheaper Cereal
This means no government oversight of practically everything else in the grocery store. Also, most of the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the group that identifies and tracks foodborne illnesses, have been told to stay home. reset Man on the street: Shutdown reactions Make no mistake: The safety of our food supply will suffer if agreement is not reached on a continuing resolution that funds the government, says Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a longtime food safety advocate. ( PHOTOS: 18 times the government has shut down ) The governments food safety functions are far more pressing than the unrealistic demands being made by petulant extremists in the House. The situation at FDA seems critical. The agency is maintaining 55 percent of its 14,779 employees while in shutdown mode, but this includes workers who focus on drugs, tobacco and other nonfood areas, many of which have budgets propped up by industry user fees. Remarkably, the shutdown plan is more generous than the outline floated in 2011, the last time the federal government was facing the brink. Under that plan, the administration deemed only 14 percent of FDAs workforce essential. Still, food safety advocates are very concerned about the direct hit to food safety. ( Also on POLITICO: Senate CR to strip Monsanto rider ) Ceasing routine food inspections is not ideal, experts say, especially because FDA is already so short-staffed compared with the size of its jurisdiction. During the 2012 fiscal year, the agency inspected about 10,000 of the 167,000 domestic food manufacturers. Overseas, it was able to get into 1,300 of the 254,000 food facilities registered with the agency. According to the plan released by the administration, FDA will be unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities. That includes routine food manufacturer inspections, compliance and enforcement of food safety regulations and food import monitoring. When it comes to the CDC, which is operating with 32 percent of its 12,825 employees during the shutdown, health experts worry the disease surveillance system for detecting foodborne illness could be hampered by the loss of personnel. ( Also on POLITICO: Harvard, NRDC: Expire dates key to stopping food waste ) While the public learns of maybe only a dozen high-profile national foodborne illness outbreaks each year, at any given point there are dozens of clusters of illnesses tied to food and investigators try to pinpoint the cause. CDCs PulseNet a crucial part of the agency that tracks and monitors foodborne illnesses across the country has been hit hard by the shutdown.
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