The consumer watchdog group CSPI published [PDF] a provocative list of 10 healthy foods that have been involved in large scale contamination in the past few years:
- LEAFY GREENS: 363 outbreaks involving 13,568 reported cases of illness
- EGGS: 352 outbreaks , 11,163 illness
- TUNA: 268 outbreaks , 2341 illness
- OYSTERS: 132 outbreaks , 3409 illness
- POTATOES: 108 outbreaks , 3659 illness
- CHEESE: 83 outbreaks , 2761 illness
- ICE CREAM: 74 outbreaks , 2594 illness
- TOMATOES: 31 outbreaks , 3292 illness
- SPROUTS: 31 outbreaks , 2022 illness
- BERRIES: 25 outbreaks , 3397 illness
The group is not trying to scare us away from these foods, it is simply pointing out a fact that the FDA must do a better job of enforcing safety regulations on growers, shippers, and manufacturers. The FDA should be given the tools by law:
the United States Senate should follow the House and pass legislation that reforms our fossilized food safety laws
What you need to know:
Food Safety is something we take for granted when everything is OK. But a rushed trip to the emergency room, fevers, cramps, bloody stools, or worse remind us how fragile we are vs tiny contaminants that find their way into our food. And the grave responsibility of the entire supply chain in providing us safe food.
While we believe that most companies try to maintain high standards of safety, there is always room for improvement. Unfortunately, many times the pressure to cut costs is at odds with additional safety measures.
Just this past January the great peanut butter recall exposed how easy it is for one bad apple (or in this case peanut) to infiltrate hundreds of food items.
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