“Has Politics Contaminated the Food Supply?” (NYT Op-Ed, 12.11.06)

Since August, it seems that accounts of food poisoning have been in the news more often than not. With the Spinach and E. Coli outbreak in September, and another E. Coli outbreak (of the same strain) traced to green onions, it’s no surprise that the public is concerned about the state of food inspection in the U.S. Most Americans don’t realize that food inspection responsibilities are split between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and not very well regulated by any higher power in the government. So will the government step up and improve food inspection? We can only hope.

On that note, is E. Coli now being found in Iowa?
“14 hospitalized after dining at Iowa restaurant; E. Coli suspected” (CNN.com)

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