Make Our Food Safe
06/03/2011

"E. coli deaths in Europe spotlight gaps in U.S.food-safety system"

CBS News | David W. Freeman

"(CBS/AP) Could it happen here? That's what food safety experts in the U.S. are asking in the wake of the deadly Escherichia coli outbreak that's swept Europe in recent days.

Experts say there are gaps in the U.S. food safety system, and that it's impossible to test for every illness-causing strain of E. coli.

Today, the food industry and health authorities focus mostly on a single strain of E. coli bacteria that until now was considered the most dangerous. But strains known collectively as 'the other E. colis' were sickening people well before the extra-deadly European bug burst on the scene..."

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