Unsafe food debated on Capitol Hill

Salmonella in spinach, peanut butter and frozen pot pies. E. Coli in lettuce and now 144 million pounds of beef declared unfit for human consumption. A House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation’s hearing today on “Contaminated Food: Private Sector Accountability” gave them a full. but dangerous plate of issues to examine.

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Zonolite kills on both sides of border

Five members of one family died from exposure to asbestos fibers in Zonolite insulation that the Canadian government installed in their homes. A surviving family member, who also has asbestosis, demands that that the government warn others of the dangers. Her efforts to sue W.R. Grace & Co., which produced the insulation from tainted vermiculite ore from a Montana mine, has been thwarted because the company, which has said its worldwide operations are doing well, filed for bankruptcy protection from survivors of thousands of miners and consumers who were killed or sickened by exposure to the product.

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California meat packer may never reopen.

The meat packing company that once earned the government’s title of the school lunch program’s Supplier of the Year will probably close its doors for good. Charges of excessive cruelty to the cattle it processed triggered the biggest meat recall in U.S. history and had school districts in Seattle, Spokane and throughout the rest of the country destroying millions of pounds of beef this month. a video made by an investigator from the Humane Society of the U.S. came to light.

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