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July 18, 2013

THEIR VIEW: Opinions from other newspapers for July 18

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Some analysts speculate that even if Keystone is never approved, rail eventually will be able to carry all the shale and tar sands crude the region can produce.

— Evansville Courier & Press

 

FDA stepping up farm protection efforts

Last summer’s tainted cantaloupe fiasco has led to welcome new federal food safety regulations this summer.

Three people died as a result of the salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a southwestern Indiana farm. To decrease the chances of similar food-linked illnesses or deaths, the Food and Drug Administration plans to inspect packing sheds and fields. Inspectors will also take samples of melons and test for salmonella, E. coli and other common pathogens passed on to humans from tainted produce.

The Indiana Department of Health has hired two farm food safety consultants to help educate Hoosier farmers about the new rules.

The deaths last summer as well as the 2011 listeria outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupes that killed 33 people are a reminder of why common sense regulations on farming are necessary to protect public health.

— The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne

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