Playing Chicken With Our Health

By Wenonah Hauter

Each year, food poisoning from contaminants like salmonella results in 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the United States. Food inspections in our highly consolidated food system are vital, because once a problem gets into the food supply, it can be weeks before it’s detected.

So why do some in Congress support a new measure to deregulate meat inspections that could be implemented in the near future?

In letters to U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack last December, Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Mark Warner (Va.) joined several other …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green

    

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