Make Our Food Safe
06/17/2011

"Analysis: U.S. food safety programs suffer in budget battles"

Reuters | Emily Stephenson and Anna Yukhananov

"(Reuters) - When a salmonella outbreak sickened at least 79 people and killed two this past spring in Rhode Island, the state had only seven food safety inspectors.

During the month it took health officials to track the outbreak to a small bakery in Johnston, Rhode Island, the state's other 8,000 licensed food establishments remained virtually uninspected.

Though Rhode Island plans to hire one additional inspector soon, Health Department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth said it won't be enough to fully protect the state's food supply..."

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