What's In Your Gullet?
We're almost a week into the Deadly Spinach Outbreak. And it's good to know not everyone is filled with panic.
Reader CyanSquirrel has just one thing to say about E. coli, that nasty intestinal lining-attacking bug: Bring it on!
"Gee, if I had to choose between poop exposure, something that may harbor bacteria a healthy well-maintained body can fend off or handle, and pesticide/hormone/unnatural substance exposure, which causes a host of cumulative effects the human body is not designed to endure...I'd pick poop any day."
Reader Erika says E. coli is giving pesticides a good name.
"I think it shows the naturally caused bacteria can be even more harmful than the chemicals that we've produced. IF it wasn't for chemicals, you wouldn't even be typing on a computer and downplaying the benefits of technology!"
And Gary Masters thinks it's time to go nuclear.
"This is a job for irradiation. If we were not so well protected from the irradiation devices, we would have a system in place to protect us from E. coli and many other food diseases. Our fear of something that has never harmed us has allowed E. coli to kill us."
While we're on the topic of food safety, I'd like to know what all of you think of a bill pending in Congress that would replace state labeling laws with one uniform federal standard.
(I know, I've been beating the Capitol Hill thing to death lately, but bear with me. Congress is headed out of town soon, and we'll know shortly the fate of some of these bills that, if passed, could have have serious implications for consumers.)
On the pro side: There already are federal rules for nutrition labeling, prescription drugs and medical devices.
On the anti side: It potentially could gut tougher state rules, in particular a 20-year-old law in California that requires warning labels on foods that contain chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects.
The bill has already passed the House and is sitting in a Senate Committee. So it's got some legs.
What do you want to know about your food? Tell me here.
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