If not tomatoes, what's causing it?

OK, so it’s not tomatoes that have sickened thousands across the country, but federal food detectives admit they’re not sure what has led to more than 869 confirmed cases of Salmonella Saintpaul. Many food safety activists are just having a nut-out over admissions by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration that after weeks of searching they still don’t know the source of the illness.

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Food safety cannot be ignored

The villains of s two-day drama were E coli 0157, Salmonella, Listeria and other malicious pathogens in food or water. They sicken at least 76 million people a year and kill another 5,000 or more in the United States. However, some lecturers at a food safety conference at Seattle lUniversity Law School said that is only a fraction of the real number of incidents.

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How do you know where food comes from?

FDA has warned consumers to watch out for salmonella in Honduran cantaloupe but how can shoppers know where their lope came from if there is no label on it? American shoppers are increasingly demanding to know the origin of their food. But some growers, importers and lobbyists continue to fight it. The premier of Alberta says demands to label meat as coming from Canada is protectionism and a ploy by US beef and pork producers to protect their market share and has nothing to do with “Mad Cow” disease.

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Garlic grown in sewage?

I’m willing to tread carefully when I stock the larder from which I feed my family and friends. I know when to go organic and when to buy conventional. I carry the Monterey Aquarium’s list of safe fish and avoid things that Cook’s Illustrated say are bad. But now we have garlic from China grown in sewage. Is nothing beyond desecration?

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