Make Our Food Safe
11/22/2010

"Make this the last Thanksgiving before food safety reform"

The Hill's Congress Blog | Caroline Smith DeWaal

"When seven-year-old Christopher Meunier’s cries of pain awakened his parents two days before Thanksgiving in 2008, they could not have known the source of his agony and vomiting would be found in misconduct at a food plant 1,300 miles away. Over the next week Christopher would be hospitalized and a year afterward would still suffer the lingering effects of his bout with foodborne illness.

Christopher was one of the 171 people hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning during the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) outbreak. Nine people would die out of 714 reported ill in 46 states, making it one of the worst outbreaks of the decade.

While foodborne disease can strike anyone, children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Among the PCA’s victims, 21 percent were children younger than five. For all foodborne illnesses, the highest rate of hospitalizations occurs in adults aged 50 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control..."

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