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Food Safety in America – “Pain, Death and Anger” – In Pictures

Generally, you hear from the food industry, politicians and the media: “We have the safest food supply in the world.”  Lena Sun’s article this morning in the Washington Post shows another side and is worth a read, “Conflicts of interest mar food producers’ independent inspections.” However, the pictures of the victims (all my clients) are worth more than thousands of words.

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Four-year-old Zoe Warren of Bethesda was hospitalized in 2007 after contracting salmonella poisoning. She had eaten a chicken pot pie.

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Richard Rivera kisses his wife, Linda, after wiping her face at Kindred Hospital in Las Vegas. Linda Rivera, 57, was hospitalized in May 2009 after eating several spoonfuls of raw Nestle cookie dough. It was contaminated by E. coli, and she developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. She has suffered multiple organ failure and lost her ability to speak. She is still hospitalized.

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Corinne Swartz, left, of Hagerstown, Md., lost her mother, June Dunning, to an E. coli related illness. Dunning, 86, became ill several days after eating steamed spinach and died about two weeks later. Bagged spinach grown in California was found to be contaminated with E. coli, which killed several people and sickened hundreds across the nation. Pictured with Swartz is her husband, Warren.

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Sarah Lewis, right testified, telling members that she contracted salmonella from a custard dessert made with eggs from Wright County Egg. Her illness was “agony,” she said. She filed suit against the company. You can see part of my face and most of my grey hair.  Also known (for this article anyway), as “quoteless in Seattle.”

  • Spocko

    Maybe if the Media included photos from every food related death they would seem more real to everyone. The photos could be Posted by the processing plants for cost cutting execs to see and food safety blockers to see.
    When stories are run on the news about food safety they run photos of the food. We know what celery looks like. What do the victims of tainted celery look like? Let’s put faces on the thousands who die each year. Also maybe the face of the persons who hold up safety rules at the urging of industry politicians.
    Who could have helped these death from happening?

  • Incredible and heart breaking thanks for putting a face on the problem it helps.

  • Great idea

  • Paul Nunes

    Whenever you feature a victim on your blog, it reminds us all that food safety is not an academic pursuit or an abstract political issue. I suggest that each week the blog feature a picture of “the Face of Food Safety”. Thanks.

  • Laura Giudici Mills

    Thank you for doing your part to promote food safety practices that will protect consumer health. We encourage you to include pictures on your website of the AZ and CA growers, harvesters and handlers and their employees who are following the AZ and/or CA LGMA Metrics to minimize risk of cross-contamination in leafy greens. These links will provide your readers with information on the mandatory Metrics and Audits (USDA oversight) required to achieve and maintain LGMA certification.
    http://www.caleafygreens.ca.gov/
    http://www.azlgma.gov/

  • mom

    I noticed, all companies involved in recalls have all the certifications from Primus Lab to you name it. What is it good for the consumer. Just higher prices but not safer food. How can it be, Sangar’s plant has to recall all of Sangar products produced since January. Now we have end of October. How many people ate contaminated food the last almost 10 months? Where is the traceback to all the food shipped all over the country?
    The Illinois Department of Public Health said it could not identify the exact source of the problem, but that the “most likely source” of the lettuce, tomatoes and olives linked to the illnesses was Lincoln-based Sysco Central Illinois Inc., which delivered produce to the affected restaurants. Is there no traceback system in place to find the source immediately?
    What a risk for us consumers!
    All the recalls cost our money as I scan ee on higher prices when I go shopping.