Thursday, January 8, 2009

Salmonella cases reported in the US

I though everyone knew not to eat raw eggs/meat... guess not. It is true that it might not be the individuals fault, meat that is not properly prepared or washed can transmit salmonella. This shocked me: food in the US isn't prepared safely? With the CDC, FDA, and other government agencies, one would have thought they would have figured out how to make sure our food is consumption safe (yes human error is possible, but 388 cases seems like a lot). If these agencies can't ensure our food is prepared safely, who's to say that our water is safe? With disasters like what happened in the Tennessee Valley, it might not be too far fetched to question the purity of our drinking water after such a contamination. From the lecture on 1/7 we learned that cholera is mostly present in impoverished countries where sanitation is neglected, but if our water isn't being properly cleaned, we might be at risk. It's time for government agencies to step up; as one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, we should be able to eat and drink without fear of contracting salmonella or something far worse, like cholera.

For more information on the recent outbreak, follow this link:

No comments: