Getting Infected by Food

Last year, more people got sick from eating bad produce than seafood, beef and poultry combined.

Right now, there are no mandatory rules for handling produce, only voluntary guidelines.

However, health officials say that's not the only problem and funding for food inspections is down.

The FDA’s food safety budget has been cut in half in the last three years.

Since 2003, there has been a 39-percent decline in FDA food inspections.

"I think the outbreaks are going to continue to be large and to impact consumers nationwide. Unless something changes and that change has to be more money and more inspectors to manage the risk in FDA related food," says Caroline Smith Dewaal of the Center for Science in Public Interest.

Critics disagree and experts at the center for global foods say that more inspections aren’t the answer and the only way to kill bacteria in produce is by zapping it with radiation.


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