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Poisons on our plates : the real food safety problem in the United States

Author: Michele Morrone
Publisher: Westport, Conn : Praeger, 2008.
Series: Politics and the environment.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The safety of our food supply is an environmental health issue that affects every American citizen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 76 million people in the United States suffer from foodborne illnesses every year. Microbiological contamination-bacteria, viruses, and parasites-is the leading cause of foodborne illness. Morrone faults the media for focusing the anxieties of the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Morrone
ISBN: 9780313349751 0313349754
OCLC Number: 213304141
Description: xvi, 169 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Food microbiology 101 --
Vegetables can be hazardous to your health --
Rotten eggs and peanut butter --
Floating viruses --
There is something in the water --
Ready-to-eat? --
Consumer beware --
Unusual priorities : from bad apples to mad cows.
Series Title: Politics and the environment.
Responsibility: Michele Morrone.
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Recent outbreaks of E. coli in spinach and salmonella in peanut butter underscore the crying need for a new federal policy to control the microbiological contaminants in our food supply that sicken  Read more...

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