Frozen food producers admit global sourcing means no safety guarantees
Cheapest ingredients worldwide come from countries no oversight or regulation.
by Jim Hightower, AlterNet
May 28, 2009 — Contamination has become so widespread that major frozen food purveyors admit they can no longer ensure the safety of their products.
Out in Arizona, an old tombstone bears an epitaph for a young gunslinger: "I was expecting this/But not so soon."
Gunslinging, of course, is a high-risk business. But today, some of us can expect to have the following marker on our graves: "Here lies a guy/Killed by a pot pie."
America's pot-pie threat lurks in an ingredient that today's producers of frozen foods don't list on their packages: salmonella. In just one salmonella outbreak in 2007, the Banquet brand of pies sickened an estimated 15,000 people in 41 states.
The true culprit in such poisonings, however, is not the little deadly bug, but the twin killers of corporate globalization and greed. Giant food corporations, scavenging the globe in a constant search for ever-cheaper ingredients to put in their processed edibles, are resorting to low-wage, high-pollution nations that have practically no food-safety laws, much less any safety enforcement...
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Deadly Salmonella: Frozen Food's Newest Ingredient, by Jim Hightower, Alternet, May 28 2009
Posted: May 28, 2009
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