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Lax Food Safety System Requires Overhaul

February 12, 2009
by Editorial Staff
The Tampa Tribune

The latest salmonella outbreak provides additional proof the nation's flimsy food safety system poses a threat to both consumers and businesses.

The outbreak is responsible, so far, for 575 illnesses in 43 states and eight deaths. It has been linked to contaminated peanut products produced at the Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga.

As the nongovernmental Trust for America's Health concluded: "The system has not been fundamentally modernized in more than 100 years, has inadequate resources to fight modern bacterial threats and has been crippled by reductions in the number of food inspectors and scientists at agencies responsible for food safety."

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