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Major Problems With Food Safety That Could Make You Sick

Food Safety

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  • Every year approximately 36 million Americans and 11 million Canadians contract food-borne infections, out of which many thousand get hospitalized and several thousand die.
  • Food-borne illness such as E. coli infection is rampant, but virtually every E. coli infection can be traced back to the unsanitary conditions in which food-producing crops and animals are being cultivated, processed, transported, stored, and ultimately sold for human consumption.
  • Antibiotics and hormones, the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and slaughterhouse waste being fed to food-producing animals, which is known to transmit Mad Cow Disease, are all part of the problems making the food supply largely unsafe.

By Shiv Chopra, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.,

Fellow World Health Organization

The latest recall of E. coli infected beef should not only be a concern for beef and beef products but also other meats, cheeses, vegetables and water.


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