On the front lines is the Marler Clark firm in Seattle, Washington. Ever vigilant, Marler Clark founder Bill Marler warned about the peril of open salad bars. Recently, that issue had been the plot line for an episode in Dick Wolf's new "FBI" series.
Also high growth are public affairs agencies with special expertise in managing the crises of a food recall.
At the top of the list is kglobal in Washington D.C. One of its partners Gene Grabowski has been developing new insights about those communications in a digital/visual era. Here is one example. Often the court of public opinion has more influence and power than the court of law.
These developments reflect the lack of progress in food safety since Upton Sinclair published "The Jungle" and Harvey Washington Wiley instituted early reforms when the U.S.D.A.'s chief chemist. All that was more than a century ago.
Yet, all too often on the ABC 6:30 P.M. news David Muir is reporting on another food recall. Last week it was chicken with antibiotic-resistant salmonella.
That represents the absence of enough scientific research to prevent contamination, regulation and punishment, corporate failsafe systems in food production and distribution, and anticipation of how sources of contamination can and do change. The technology of blockchain holds promise for tracing the source of contamination quickly. But the recalls have become standard.
Foodborne diseases can result in death, long-term health problems, and severe physical distress.
The history of the beginnings of reforms on behalf of food safety has recently been published. That's "The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth-Century" by Deborah Blum. It ranks 2258 on Amazon. Obviously, there is recognition that there currently doesn't exist food safety in the U.S.
Meanwhile, it's not hyperbolic to assess the current situation as: dying to eat. Every time I swing by a fast food drive-thru or purchase a half pound of lean beef at the supermarket, all bets are off if I survive that meal. That's even though I exercise extreme caution.
In college, the five of us in the car traveling from New Jersey to our dorm in western Pennsylvania came down with food poisoning. It was the mid 60s. We were not sophisticated enough in consumer and legal matters to have reported it. However, after that I became dog-like, sniffing the jesus out of every food item before I purchase it.
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