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Let's Ask Marion: Where's The Outcry Over Our Sickening Food Supply?
Submitted by KAT on Tue, 04/21/2009 - 4:06pm.
Kat: The NY Times ran a story the other day exposing a stunning indifference on the part of public health officials in some states to outbreaks of life-threatening food-borne
Presumably, if terrorists were poisoning our food supply and killing 5,000 Americans annually we'd be up in arms about it--if not dropping bombs. Where's the outrage?
Dr. Nestle: Outrage? There really isn't much but much can't be expected, urgent as it
The CDC says Americans experience 76 million episodes of food poisoning a year, along with those 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Pretty much everyone has experienced foodborne illness and most of us survive to tell the tale. Such things may be unpleasant--sometimes VERY unpleasant--but they are familiar. And we share some of the responsibility:
Even so, it is beyond me why people aren't taking to the streets to complain about the lack of reliable food safety oversight. We could do so much better a job of ensuring safe food if we had better rules in place and an agency required, willing, and able to enforce those rules. As I wrote
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