"The last things we want to worry about over the holidays are food safety hazards, such as salmonella or E. coli in poultry, eggs, meat or peanut products, fruits and vegetables.
Every year, about 70 million Americans suffer some sort of food-borne illness, with an estimated 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.
Early in November, almost 300,000 eggs were recalled because they came from a barn in Ohio where salmonella was found. During the past few years, recalled foods have ranged from ground beef to cookie dough and even the ultimate comfort food - peanut butter - and the proverbially nourishing spinach. The public understands the urgency of the problem. In a recent survey commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts, nine of 10 Americans favored stronger food safety laws."