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Subject Bloomberg's "Bombshell" Report--Food Sickens Millions as Industry-Paid Inspectors Find It Safe
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Original Message Lack of regulation in our food industry has cost many unnecessary deaths.

Underfunded FDA, in order to save money and cut costs, hires a third party to test our food supply in a cheaper way--in other words, they really aren't doing any significant testing.

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William Beach loved cantaloupe -- so much so that starting in June last year he ate it almost every day. By August, the 87-year-old retired tractor mechanic from Mustang, Oklahoma, was complaining to his family that he was fatigued, with pain everywhere in his body.

On Sept. 1, 2011, Beach got out of bed in the middle of the night, put his clothes on and walked into the living room. His wife, Monette, found him collapsed on the floor in the morning. At the hospital, blood poured from his mouth and nose, splattering sheets, bed rails and physicians.

He died that night, a victim of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can lead to a blood infection and damage to the brain and spinal cord, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue.

Beach was one of 33 people killed by listeria that was later traced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state officials to contaminated cantaloupes from one Colorado farm. It was the deadliest outbreak of foodborne disease in the U.S. in almost 100 years.

During the past two decades, the food industry has taken over much of the FDAs role in ensuring that what Americans eat is safe. The agency cant come close to vetting its jurisdiction of $1.2 trillion in annual food sales.

The food industry hires for-profit inspection companies -- known as third-party auditors -- who arent required by law to meet any federal standards and have no government supervision.


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