The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Food Poisoning

Friday, October 11, 2013

Since March, 278 people have gotten sick from Salmonella poisoning, and now some strains of the bacteria are proving resistant to antibiotics. On this week's Please Explain we discuss Salmonella and other food borne toxins with Dr. Urvashi Rangan, toxicologist and Executive Director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center and Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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Opinion: After Loose Airplane Seats and Salmonella, Why isn't Deregulation a 2012 Issue?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

It’s daunting and depressing not to see more storytelling in this election campaign of the tragedies of not having robust and sufficient regulation of services and products

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The Takeaway

Cargill Recalls 36 Million Pounds of Ground Turkey

Thursday, August 04, 2011

One person has died and at least 76 are ill after being exposed to a salmonella outbreak traced back to a Cargill meat production plant in Arkansas. Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey possibly tainted with Salmonella Heidelberg, a strain of the sickness that is resistant to antibiotics. This is believed to be the largest meat recalls in U.S. history.


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Facing the Facts On What We Eat

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

More than 2,000 people are sick and 20 dead in Germany from an E. coli outbreak that German officials still don't know the source of. The scare has spread to the U.S., where many are worried about a similar outbreak happening here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported Tuesday that most food-borne illnesses were down, except for salmonella and a group of rare E. coli bacteria related to the German one. Is hysteria warranted?

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The Takeaway

Senate Passes Food Safety Overhaul

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that could significantly alter food safety in the United States. Right now, the FDA only steps in when a recall is underway. Under the new law, the agency would be allowed to inspect any farm and try to prevent the kind of salmonella outbreaks that made the headlines last summer.

Benjamin England worked at the FDA for 17 years and founded He believes this legislation could lead to dramatic change, but only if the government can find the funding to back up the FDA's expanded role.

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More Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Wright County Egg company, based in Iowa, recalled 152 million eggs yesterday due fears of salmonella contamination. This brings the grand total to 380 million, after another recall back on August 13. Marion Nestle is an acclaimed nutritionist from New York University and the author of "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety." She says that this isn't the first time the Wright County Egg company has found trouble with the FDA, and that salmonella should not be difficult to prevent.