America’s Food Safety System Failed to Stop a Salmonella Epidemic. It’s Still Making People Sick.
For years, a dangerous salmonella strain has sickened thousands and continues to spread through the chicken industry. The USDA knows about it. So do the companies. And yet, contaminated meat continues to be sold to consumers.
I knew salmonella was bad but I hadn't learnt about the extent of just how bad it was and how prevalent it is in the US.
Also, I'm glad ProPublica has launched a site where you can put in a number from your packet of chicken and get a rating for how bad/good the source is in terms of salmonella outbreaks. This is pretty cool.
"Today, food poisoning sickens roughly 1 in 6 Americans every year, according to the CDC, and salmonella hospitalizes and kills more people than any other foodborne pathogen. Each year, about 1.35 million people get sick from salmonella. While most recover, more than 400 people die and 26,500 people are hospitalized. Some are left with long-term conditions like severe arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Salmonella costs the economy an estimated $4.1 billion a year, more than any other type of food poisoning."Posted on 2021-11-01T20:08:52+0000