Salmonella Updates

25 07 2008

Got a couple Associated Press articles on the recent salmonella outbreak.

FDA says only Mexican-grown jalapenos are linked to the salmonella outbreak, not U.S. crop.

Well, gee whiz.  There’s a surprise. 

The second article blames the food industry lobby for not being able to trace the source and screwing tomato growers out of thousands of dollars for no good reason.

An easing of government rules on the amount of paperwork the food industry has to keep appears to be hampering a federal probe into what caused the recent salmonella outbreak.

The industry had successfully lobbied the Bush administration to limit the paperwork. The White House also killed a plan to require the industry to maintain electronic tracking records that could be easily reviewed to search for the source of an outbreak.

Companies had complained the proposals were too burdensome and costly. But the changes have slowed the salmonella probe. Investigators initially focused on tomatoes as the culprit and are now looking at jalepeno peppers.

The outbreak has sickened nearly 1,300 people in the U.S. and Canada. The financial impact is estimated at around a-quarter of a billion dollars in losses.

The industry now says it will agree to a better food tracking system, as long as the industry can help design it.

That’s convienent.  The food industry wants to be responsbile for tracking itself.  That’s like letting a sex offender set up the way they are tracked.

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