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An FDA field inspector in Los Angeles checks imported shrimp, February 2009. More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say that leads to a lack of coordination, a patchwork of rules and holes in the system. FDA hide caption

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Eastman Chemical went a step beyond calling Tritan plastic BPA-free, setting off a legal challenge. Eastman hide caption

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Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

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Dr. Margaret Hamburg will have served almost six years as FDA commissioner by the time she leaves, far longer than the recent tenure for chiefs of the agency. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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FDA Commissioner Hamburg Grappled With Global Challenges

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Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

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To refrigerate or not to refrigerate? It boils down to bacteria, aesthetics and how much energy you're willing to use. Robert S. Donovan; Flickr / Alex Barth; Flickr hide caption

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Bob O'Connor, a Foster Farms veterinarian, holds an 11-day-old chick at a ranch near the town of Merced, in California's Central Valley. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

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Edibles available at LoDo Wellness Center, a retail marijuana and medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility in downtown Denver. Matthew Staver/Landov hide caption

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

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A U.S. company that supplies meat to some fast-food chains in China has pulled all of its products, some of which were chicken nuggets sold in Hong Kong, made by a Chinese subsidiary. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Foster Farms set up new procedures to deal with salmonella contamination after the USDA threatened to shut down its plants last fall. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Truffles are among the many foods infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — already for sale in Colorado. Luke Runyon/KUNC/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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