Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Yesterday, the New York Times had an interesting article on how states handle food safety reports. Thankfully for the rest of us, Minnesota is a very diligent state, "safeguarding not only Minnesotans but much of the rest of the country, as well."
If not for the Minnesota Department of Health, the Peanut Corporation of America might still be selling salmonella--laced peanuts, Dole might still be selling contaminated lettuce, and ConAgra might still be selling dangerous Banquet brand pot pies — sickening hundreds or thousands more people.
In these and other cases, epidemiologists from Minnesota pinpointed the causes of food scares while officials in other states were barely aware that their residents were getting sick. From 1990 to 2006, Minnesota health officials uncovered 548 food-related illness outbreaks, while those in Kentucky found 18, according to an analysis of health records.