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A Dancer’s Battle Against E. coli

New York Times Quotation of the Day:

"I ask myself every day, ‘Why me?’ and ‘Why from a hamburger?

Michael Moss does a Pulitzer Prize winning job of exposing the underbelly of how our meat is produced in the United States.  E. coli O157:H7 is a deadly bacteria that nearly took Stephanie Smith’s life.  Every day is a struggle for her now.  Despite the odds, she promises to dance again.  Read her story and see the video the NYT produced – "The Burger That Shattered Her Life."  Click on picture to see video done by NYT.

And this guy should be fired:

Dr. Kenneth Petersen, an assistant administrator with the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, said that the department could mandate testing, but that it needed to consider the impact on companies as well as consumers. “I have to look at the entire industry, not just what is best for public health,” Dr. Petersen said.

  • Marymary

    Dr. Peterson’s comment is a pretty common sentiment, at least from my experience. It seems that the higher one goes up the chain in food safety (state and federal level), the more likely one is to find that sentiment, perhaps because industry has undue influence, IMO, in setting food safety policy. The sentiment is out there among local level inspectors also, so I’m not letting them off the hook. Local inspectors have little say in writing food safety codes, however, and there is little if any lobbying at the local level to make rules and enforcement that favor industry practice rather than public health. At the state and federal level, that does happen, however.