Helena Bottemiller
Helena Bottemiller is a Washington, DC-based reporter covering food policy and politics for Food Safety News, where she has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, and several high-profile food safety stories, including the half-billion Salmonella egg recall and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Helena has appeared on BBC World and been featured in USA Today.

Big Pork Deal Comes Amid Friction Over Livestock Drug

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The proposed $4.7 billion sale of Smithfield Foods, America’s largest pork producer, to China’s biggest meat processing company comes amid significant trade friction between the two countries over meat and livestock. More on this story USDA adds voluntary ractopamine guidelines. See the policy impact of this story. Read more of our reporting on antibiotics. China… » Read More

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Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting US Meat Exports

Pigs are often fed ractopamine up until slaughter to promote growth.

Updated on March 23: The FDA on March 14 issued a statement in response to this report, saying it had reviewed its previously published adverse drug effect numbers on ractopamine. After excluding reports of ineffectiveness, meat abnormalities and fertility abnormalities, it said the number of animals with reports of adverse effects was 160,917. The story reflects… » Read More

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