Thursday, October 21, 2010


Well, the book and cover are finally done, and I now have a welcome month or so of relative calm before starting the book events (mainly in January). This is a time to get back to the "other" book - take note dog lovers - on dog food safety. That is, if I decide to go ahead. It was started about three years ago, and sadly had to be put aside (current status: a very rough draft). The book focuses not just on hazards in dog food (and treats, snacks) for dogs, but also on the links between dog food and the health of their "owners" or whatever we want to call ourselves.

My dilemma - am I really willing to go to all this effort to finish it? I had no idea that writing a commercial non-fiction book would be so much work..I think of all those other things I want to spend time on, that I have had to miss out on for the last few years. A co-author would be a great solution, but no veterinarian who values their career would be willing to co-author a book which is so critical of their profession.

In the meantime -Here are some pre-order links for The Safe Food Handbook (for humans):

Also available as an E-Book.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Bad eggs have been out of the news for the last week or so. But here's the latest - straight from the FDA.

Remember, there were two Iowa egg producers linked to those Salmonella bacteria contaminated eggs - Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. Both were told they had to stop shipping whole eggs to the marketplace until the FDA cleared them (although they were allowed to send them to the liquid egg processing plants where they would be pasteurized, killing any bacteria - we hope).

Well, as of October 15, Hillandale Farms has now been authorized to begin selling shell eggs again. It seems to have gone along with FDA inspections and more stringent safety conditions. Wright County Egg had requested on October 1 to also resume selling shell eggs, but the FDA has turned them down - firmly. Mr. Austin J. DeCoster, owner of Quality Egg LLC of Galt, Iowa - and of Wright County Egg, has been sent a nasty warning letter, telling him to get this act together and follow the Egg Safety Rule, including on aspects of biosecurity, rodent control, safe packaging and storage. The letter ends with a warning:

“Failure to take prompt corrective action may result in regulatory action being initiated by the Food and Drug Administration without further notice. These actions include, but are not limited to, seizure and/or injunction.”

Bon app├ętit