Make Our Food Safe

"New federal law aims to improve food-tracking issues"

Medill | Tyler Moss

"In 2008, Americans shunned tomatoes.

For good reason: 1,400 of them in 43 states, including Illinois, contracted Salmonella Saintpaul, a rare strain of the disease. The outbreak, which killed two, initially was thought to have been spread through tomatoes.  But after a four-month investigation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta linked the  epidemic to jalapeños in contaminated salsa.

Experts think that such delays in tracing such outbreaks could be eliminated by the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4..."

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