Make Our Food Safe
09/14/2010

"Egg-loving salmonella bacteria have been sickening people for decades"

The Washington Post | David Brown

"The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States.

Like the things that cause AIDS, Lyme disease, Legionnaire's disease and West Nile fever, the egg-loving germ (whose formal name is Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis) is a classic "emerging infectious agent." Sometimes called SE, it's a microbe that has been around a long time and has found a new or better way to reach its human victims.

For more than three decades, the strain of salmonella bacteria with a fondness for eggs has taken advantage of changes in this country's animal husbandry, food distribution and eating habits ... " 

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