Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider has clocked many years of investigating issues of public health, safety and food,usually gathering thousands of pages of documents, interviewing hundreds of people and at times, chasing those topics through dozens of countries. He has worked as an investigative reporter and editor for several national newspapers, magazines and news services. He received many accolades including two Pulitzer Prizes, but more importantly, his stories have often made a significant difference, which is what journalism is all about.

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Information on arsenic exposure has been all over the news this year and the latest study to be released says that eating rice may lead to potentially harmful exposure to the toxic heavy metal.  Lots of rice is eaten in the U.S., report researchers from Dartmouth College’s Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center.  The average American consumes about a half cup of rice daily. Asian Americans eat about two cups and Hispanic Americans somewhere…
After a four-month investigation, federal authorities have indicted yet another group of importers for allegedly smuggling Chinese honey into the U.S. Since September, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have seized more than 5 million pounds of intentionally mislabeled Chinese honey at customs warehouses near 11 U.S. ports or being shipped to honey packing operations.  According to U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill, of the Central…
Experts in environmental health issues have teamed with major companies to warn food industries to exercise caution when using nano-sized, manmade creations as nutritional additives, flavorings, colorings, or anti-bacterial coatings for packaging. The safety concerns raised by this rapidly evolving technology have yet to be fully understood, said a report issued today by As You Sow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility in publicly held companies. As “food and…
It’s become a tradition — or at least a habit — for Food Safety News to host virtual potlucks on holidays as a way to share our favorite recipes and love of food, and also to take a little break from writing about the potential risks in what we eat. Always, but especially at Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for the many people who work hard to provide us with fresh, wholesome and safe food. Just like…
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News. The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.” The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies. The food safety divisions of the…
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Vaughn Bryant peered through the eye piece of his microscope, making infinitesimally small adjustments on the position of the slide beneath the lens. “Nothing,” he said, and switched the slide for another. “Again, nothing,” he said after about 40 seconds, and substituted another glass slide with a smudge in its center. “OK. We’ve got clover. Some nice cherry, plum and rose.” Moving the slide a bit, the professor of anthropology and…
Roasting is a novel way of cooking shrimp, which can then be used as an appetizer, or in a salad or on pasta, rice or grains.   Ingredients: 2 lbs. shrimp, large, peeled, deveined ½ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp lemon zest 2 cloves garlic, minced 5 sprigs rosemary, fresh 1.5 Tbsp tarragon, fresh 6 sprigs thyme, fresh 3 Tbsp dill, fresh, chopped ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp pepper Optional: 1/3 cup preserved lemon, chopped 1 pinch red pepper flakes Instructions: Preheat oven to 375-degrees.  Coat a 9 X 13 oven-proof…
A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration…
It wasn’t New York City inspectors nor the Food and Drug Administration that found that the nation’s best-known deli was selling lobster salad without the lobster, but a reporter from Cajun country. I’m not the only one who has traveled hundreds of miles to get to Zabar’s, the Manhattan Mecca for all deli lovers. The aromas from its corned beef and pastrami; smoked salmon, sturgeon and whitefish; fish salads and pickles; and some of New…
It’s become a tradition at Food Safety News to take a break on major holidays by hosting a virtual potluck or picnic, held entirely online for our far-flung staff.   So we’re celebrating Independence Day 2011 by once again sharing our dishes – Mary’s farmers’ market veg dip, Cookson’s garden-fresh potato salad, Suzanne’s Aunt Sandy’s spinach and strawberry salad, Helena’s apricot-rosemary halibut, Andy’s Everyman’s Gumbo, Dan’s Fried Ice Cream Cake Sticks and…