Frozen Foods Recall & Waiting on a Farm Bill

Frozen Foods Recall & Waiting on a Farm Bill

Frozen Foods Recall & Waiting on a Farm Bill plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The Washington State Department of Health has issued a major recall for frozen food products from Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan’s brands. The recalls are related to a national outbreak of E. coli that sickened 27 people in 15 states, including a Pierce Co. woman in her 20s. The recalled product list continues to expand and now includes several varieties of frozen snacks and mini-meal products.

And speculation continues to run rampant over whether there will be a Food, Farms and Jobs bill done this year. Commonly called the Farm Bill, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack feels confident one will get passed.

VILSACK: I believe we will have a bill this year because we have to have a bill this year. I don’t know when Congress is going to act. I know that what the ag chairs have said which is that they’re anxious to get started now but the Senate is anxious, the House is anxious and I take them at their word because both of them did their job last year and I fully suspect Chairman Stabenow and Chairman Lucas will do their job this year.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

Hopefully, the practice of basing airline ticket prices on the total weight of a passenger and their luggage combined, which a small airline located on the Samoa Islands has incorporated, won’t take off anytime soon with bigger commercial airlines. Because it’s not like there is any stress related to flying now days, what with making sure you remember not to pack nail files, tweezers, or liquid deodorants, keeping up with the ever changing size allowance for carry-ons, and oh yes, stripping down to go through security. Add to that a required personal body weigh in at the airport and air travel would just get better and better. Perhaps if airlines were to add the bonus of “tooth pulling” while waiting in the airport security line the experience could be complete. So many questions come to mind though. Would a person be weighed while holding a purse, cell phone, or game pads? It is obviously quite controversial. What do you think? Is charging passengers based on the total weight of their luggage and their bodies something bigger airlines should consider? Samoa Air says this makes sure you can travel happy, “knowing full well that you are only paying for exactly what you weigh and nothing more”.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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