Make Our Food Safe

Editorial: "Invest in what we eat"

Battle Creek Enquirer |

"Cantaloupe is the latest food contamination scare for American consumers. With at least 23 deaths from listeria linked to Colorado cantaloupes, it is the deadliest U.S. outbreak of foodborne illness in a quarter-century.

But it certainly is not the only one. Illnesses caused by tainted spinach, ground beef, peanuts and other foods in recent years have caused many Americans to question how safe the food is that they buy at their local store.

Statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate an estimated 48 million Americans a year get sick from food-related illnesses. Approximately 180,000 of those cases require hospitalization, with approximately 3,000 people dying of foodborne illness..."

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