How to make our food safety system stronger

Friday, January 23, 2009

Salmonella-tainted peanut butter has sickened close to five hundred people in 43 states, and killed six. People started getting sick back in September, but the FDA has only recently pinpointed the source of the infection as King Nut brand peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America in Blakely, Georgia. Bill Marler, a Seattle lawyer who represents victims of food poisoning and advises companies on food safety joins John and Adaora to explain why it takes so long to trace foodbourne illnesses and how the system could be improved.

FDA website list of recalled products: http://www.fda.gov

"Minnesota figures out most of the outbreaks in the current United States and, you know, frankly they're just a relatively small state in the scheme of things."
— Attorney Bill Marler on Minnesota's ability to track food-borne illnesses including tracing the ongoing peanut butter-linked salmonella outbreak

Guests:

Bill Marler

Contributors:

Nadia Zonis

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