Disease Proof

Our Broken Food Supply

The recent E. coli outbreak and the melamine scandal have left me wondering, are we doing enough to protect our food supply? The answer seems to be no because former FDA Commissioner David Kessler is calling our food-safety system broken. Nancy Shute of the U.S. News & World Report has more:
Keeping homegrown food safe, too, requires diligence, from the field through the processing shed and factory, all the way to the supermarket. Farmers are legally bound to produce food that doesn't pose a health risk; so are manufacturers and retailers. Costco, for example, uses its own labs to test food samples for microbes and hires third-party auditors to inspect suppliers' farms and factories. Whole Foods, which increasingly looks abroad for its organic products, requires growers to shun pesticides allowed in their countries but not here. But with little oversight, human error or expediency can cause disease and death. "Our food-safety system is broken," former FDA Commissioner David Kessler told a congressional hearing this month. Last week, the USDA declared that 56,000 pigs fed melamine-tainted feed are safe for human consumption.
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