Top 10: Food safety news stories of 2009

Peanuts, milk, and cookie dough all got people sick this year, but the gross-out award goes hands-down to ground beef. Four out of the Top 10 food safety stories named on a food news site point fingers at the raw meat for its bad record of carrying E. coli or salmonella or at authorities for not testing it properly before waving it through to the cafeteria trays of the nation's schoolchildren. Here's a breakdown. You might want to save that steak tartare for later.

1. The New York Times' story on the Cold Spring woman who got E. coli and was later paralyzed after eating a frozen Cargill burger. We blogged about it here on Hot Dish.

2. A Washington Post story about a woman who contracted E. coli from Nestlé chocolate chip cookie dough, which prompted the U.S. House to pass the Food Safety Act of 2009.

Top 10: Food safety news stories of 2009

3. Peanuts cause hundreds of cases of salmonella -- and nine deaths -- in 46 states. Here's one of our posts on the topic.


4. Three different strains of salmonella are found in ground beef. Salmonella was once unheard of in beef.

5. A USA Today investigation uncovers that fast food chains like Burger King and McDonald's more stringently test their meat than the U.S. Department of Agriculture does before waving it through to lunch trays in the nation's school cafeterias. Here's our post on the topic.

6. An Illinois McDonald's exposes thousands to Hepatitis A.


Top 10: Food safety news stories of 2009

7. A California company agrees not to sell raw milk across state lines as part of a criminal plea agreement. Hot Dish has covered the raw milk topic a couple times in the last year, including just this week.

Top 10: Food safety news stories of 2009

8. More ground beef. More E. coli.

9. A Chinese parent whose child was sickened after consuming powdered milk contaminated with melamine files the first suit related to the widespread incident, which caused hundreds of thousands of illnesses and at least six deaths.


Top 10: Food safety news stories of 2009

10. The Center for Science in the Public Interest names the top ten foods that bear the greatest risk of contamination. We blogged this one too.

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