Author Archives Emma Schwartz

The Trouble with Chicken

Five Salmonella Outbreaks Food Inspectors Didn’t See Coming

Federal regulators are inside every meat and poultry processing plant in this country. But their efforts failed to identify serious salmonella problems in the lead up to these six major poultry outbreaks.

The Trouble with Chicken

Can We Get to Zero Salmonella in Poultry?

Consumer advocates have been calling for zero tolerance of dangerous types of salmonella in poultry in order to reduce the number of people who get sick from the bacteria each year. But can we ever get to zero?

The Trouble with Chicken

Two Agencies, Two Salmonella Standards. Would One Be Better?

Salmonella is banned in walnuts and tomatoes, but is still allowed in raw chicken. Could a proposed government agency bridge the divide in safety standards?

The Trouble with Antibiotics

How It’s Different in Europe

In 2006, the E.U. banned certain kinds of antibiotic uses on the farm. But critics say there’s no evidence that the restrictions have led to a decrease in drug-resistant infections in humans.

The Trouble with Antibiotics

Inside an Early Attempt to Restrict Antibiotic Use on Farms

In 1977, then FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy tried — and failed — to tackle the problem.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

On John Quinn

The veteran drug researcher featured in “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” passed away last weekend.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Who’s Tracking the “Nightmare Bacteria”?

It seems like a basic question: How many people get these hard to treat infections each year and where do they occur? But there’s no easy answer.

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

Who’s Trying to Fix the Pipeline Problem?

The problem is clear: there aren’t enough new antibiotics. The question is why aren’t more pharmaceutical companies filling the gap — and what’s being done to try to reverse this trend?

Big Sky, Big Money

Montana Court Rules “Dark Money” Group Violated State Law

The court found that Western Tradition Partnership, the focus of FRONTLINE’s October investigation “Big Sky, Big Money,” used “subterfuge” to avoid complying with state disclosure law during the 2008 election cycle.

Big Money 2012

The Rules That Govern 501(c)(4)s

Why these groups can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections — without disclosing their donors



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