Bloggers have a lot of food worries:

  • Andrew Schneider at Secret Ingredients reports that most U.S. government agencies aren’t checking meat for the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA – but University of Iowa assistant professor Tara Smith (of the blog Aetiology) and her researchers found MRSA in 70% of the pigs they tested at 10 Iowa and Illinois farms. 
  • Revere at Effect Measure warns of salmonella infections – 70 cases in 9 states – linked to uncooked tomatoes.
  • Matt Madia at Reg Watch checks up on registry to track food contamination, which FDA probably won’t have launched by their September deadline.
  • At Gristmill, Michael Pollan explains what went wrong with the Farm Bill and while Debra Eschmeyer highlights the positive seeds of change in the legislation.

Elsewhere:

Matt Madia at RegWatch predicts which regulations the Bush administration will try to rush through by November 1 (the deadline set in the recently issued Bolten memo). 

Page Van Der Lin at DeSmogBlog fact-checks a coal industry ad.

Ed Silverman at Pharmalot reports on plans by Representatives Frank Pallone and Henry Waxman to introduce legislation that would eliminate preemption in medical device lawsuits.

Jacob Goldstein at WSJ’s Health Blog highlights a Canadian study that finds medication-related problems cause one out of nine emergency-room visits.

The Prescription Project looked at how medical schools fared on the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard, which grades the U.S.’s 150 medical schools on their conflict of interest policies.

Tammy at Weekly Toll examines the MGM Mirage CityCenter in Las Vegas, where workers are picketing to protest safety problems after yet another worker, 39-year-old Dustin Tarter, was killed there.

Amanda at Enviroblog alerts us to Green Print, free software that helps PC users (and soon Mac users, too) eliminate the printing of excess pages.