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A clampdown on contamination in growing fields has pushed out wildlife and destroyed habitats. Adam Cole/NPR hide caption

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Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

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To Avoid Intestinal Distress While Traveling Overseas, Skip The Ceviche

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Once the roots of the Eskimo potato got too tough to eat, Christopher McCandless started collecting the seeds in a plastic bag, says author Jon Krakauer. Photo courtesy of McCandless family hide caption

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After initially recalling products made at its Oklahoma facility, Blue Bell is now asking retailers and customers to throw away or return all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell hide caption

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Food companies can make safety evaluations of their products in secret without ever telling the Food and Drug Administration. Luciano Lozano/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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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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